Snow was a big topic for the children today. Outside they created a "melting mountain" in the sandbox. The children used sand and mud to cover up some of the remaining snow, explaining this would melt the snow. Inside they chose the book Snow for our pre-lunch story time. The children laughed at the characters and delighted in the way the city changed when it was covered in snow. Tommy even helped read some of the words including, "The whole city is white."
We ended up with only a small group of Tucker room children in KW today at the end of what was a very full week for them, (two field trips and their fancy dinner party!) So on top of the snow fun, we let the children have some open workshop time to continue, complete, and create projects and explorations of their choosing.
Lily finished glazing some clay beads and continued her mesh hand-sewing project. Hugh chose to paint inside his hand-sewn book and Will worked in his machine-sewn book. Will finished writing the letters in his ABC book and gave it a title. Tommy sewed a book together on the sewing machine then gave his book a title as well. Between these books and a message Will created for this mom, there was a lot of talk about letters, spelling, and words including sounding out and carefully studying the letter form. On the sewing machine, Tommy practiced some flexibility of thinking when he accidentally sewed in an unattended spot. He got to use the seam-ripper and decided he liked the holes left behind by the mistaken stitches. He titled his book, Tommy's Art Book and explained, "I'm going to do art stuff. So I'm going to need watercolors, glue, stuff to glue on, and permanent markers."
Over lunch we shared out experiences of yesterday's field trip with one another including what the pieces were made out of and how Will noticed the dates they were created, "One of them was when I was born," Will said.
We're looking forward to reflecting on the Rodarte field trip with the larger group next week!
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