Friday, November 22, 2019
Baking the Persimmons
After much anticipation and a lot of work trying to get our few persimmons off of the tree in the outdoor classroom, we finally had the chance to bake with the persimmons! Children took turns adding ingredients for persimmon bread. Because Austin who had been a key player in obtaining the persimmons earlier in the week, he was invited to start off the chopping of persimmons in the morning. While adding the ingredients this afternoon, Jack spoke about "the sweet 'simmons." There was enough to bake two loaves which will be given to Rainey and Tucker classrooms to enjoy on Monday. The children had a taste of the batter today and already decided it tastes great!
Inspired by our Shiny Collection
Children had another opportunity to paint items from our shiny collection or other light-related ideas. Lane shared with the group what she had painted yesterday: a menorah, the copper brillo-like material, and some other shiny ideas from her imagination. Lane returned to the experience today along with Sam and Lou Lou. Here's what the children said about their paintings:
Lane: "I'm going to do this (points at colored metal wires) different."
Jessica: "Do you mean you are inspired by the wires but you want to make something different?"
Lane: "Yeah 'cause I want to turn them into rainbow wire." She began by painting circular lines reminiscent of the wound wire, then turned them into flowers by painting petals and other details.
Sam: "I'm going to draw this." (menorah) "I have three at my house." Sam showed how big each of the menorahs is by holding his hands at various lengths apart. "Now I'm gonna do this." (pinwheel) Later he also painted the copper brillo-like material.
Lou Lou: "I just want to do a rainbow that I see at Gibson Island so many times...at the point."
We look forward to seeing everyone at the Thanksgiving Feast
Children were invited to draw and paint light sources found on our walk yesterday and/or depictions of some of our shiny/reflective collection. A few items the children chose to draw and paint today were a menorah, copper brillo-like material, and brass handle. Here are a few comments from the children while they worked:
Leigh: "It goes in the wall and it protects the wall. Light is inside it and it makes the wall shiny."
Sally: "It's a shiny heart. I call it glowing, flying heart. Sparkling, glowing, flying heart. That's the sun and it's reflecting on the heart." (She works some more.) "I did a bouquet of flowers."
Lou Lou: "I saw a lot of Christmas stuff yesterday, so I painted that. Here's two Christmas trees."
Grace M. (Referring to the shiny silver & golden shapes) "Those are the shiny handles." (That she saw on yesterday's walk.)
(Some) photos taken by Joslin
(Some) photos taken by Lou Lou
Today we revisited many of the ideas we worked on last week. Children thought again about the various categories of shiny things and how they could be described and sorted. Here's some of their ideas:
Grace D. - (Examning materials) Metal. Kind of rubber. Diamonds (clear gems).
Joslin - Shiny like cubes (clear gems).
Louise - Hard (metal hose and brass). But this is not hard ( green sparkly tape).
Joslin - It's tape-y..... a roll of sparkly.
As they sort the items and materials.....
Joslin - Where do these go? Maybe with the rainbow stuff.
Grace D. - Metal.
Joslin - That's golden stuff (clear items). That's golden stuff (golden and metallic stuff).
Jessica - I thought that (clear stuff) was the golden stuff?
Joslin - Oh, that's golden (golden and metallic stuff) and that's silver (clear).
They discover more items as they look for a box to sort the stuff.....
Grace D. - This (clear cube) I can see through it.
Joslin - I think these gears go in different sections.
Grace D. - They're with their family.
Lou Lou - (Coming over to see the categories) These are different golden. This is crumbly golden.... actually it's crumbly silver.
Children also expressed a lot of interest in making something with this shiny stuff. We'll keep you posted!
Alexandra worked on a building with stained glass blocks on the light table.
Alexandra - It's just a home. (Indicating the triangle blocks) These are the persons. (Finding and adding a sting of shiny beads) Let's see, I will wrap it around. Wrappy, wrappy, wrappy. This is to show where the door is.
Monster Light Shows
"No one table setted like this before." -Lou Lou
Light and Lanterns
For the third day in a row, children showed up to meeting with their thoughts on light, (before any prompting) showing their connectivity to and ongoing thoughts on the subject. Today children expressed thoughts about certain fish which have lights, light related to weather, the temperature of light, and when and where the sun shines. It is fascinating to see where connections are being made and what children understand about light from their experiences We will continue these conversations as children continue to work through such complex thoughts on the topic of light.
Once again, children wanted to talk about light at our meeting. The conversation is linked to the right!
A Shadow Challenge
It was only fitting that the children were talking about shadows during meeting. One of our plans was to work with shadows and construction! On October 22nd, the children made a building that created a shadow. At that time, we challenged them to trace the shadow of the building on white paper. Today we extended that challenge. We brought the paper back, and asked them to make a building to match the shadow they had previously drawn!
A few of Grace's Photos
A few of Joslin's photos
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