Cate visits KW
Cate tried out KW today! We had a great time with her, beginning in the outside classroom where the children developed a couple of games involving the entire group. One game was the "Baby Tiger" game that has occurred in the past. The children assumed roles:
Baby Tiger, played by Tommy
Mom played by Cate
Dad played by Hugh
Sister played by Lily
Brother played by Will
In today's dramatization the children pretended it was Baby Tiger's Birthday.
Hugh: He makes a great tiger family; he's hardworking. We have to start working early in the morning.
Lily: Dad, can you go distract baby tiger? It's Baby Tiger's birthday. Hugh is making the cake and I am making the cupcakes.
Will: I got the plates.
Cate brought Baby Tiger to the table. The children sang "Happy Birthday."
Lily to Cate: Mom, do you want a cupcake?
Inside, the main attraction was a provocation we had set up as a way for the children to approach our Rodarte inspiration through a different language: building. We invited the children to build a 3D representation of one of their favorite dresses. The children chose the long purple dress with flowers, but remembered a previous day when they had developed a hotel. We suggested perhaps the hotel could be a fancy one, in the shape of a dress. Lily was excited about the idea. In the end, the children designed a "Fashion Hotel." Here is some of what was overheard while they worked:
Lily: This is going to be a fashion hotel!
Hugh: This is a diving board. This will be the pool.
Cate: This is the garden.
Hugh: Oh, we're making a white clear garden.
Will: I have to make a path, right?
Cate: Who will live in it?
Lily: It's a fashion hotel!
Cate: Yeah, but who will live there?
Lily: Fashion clothes!
Hugh: So many fashion people are going to come to the hotel. Our hotel is awesomer.
Lily: How many people? 51? 52?
Hugh: The beds are going to be all lined up.
Cate: Don't forget the pool! Everyone can watch what we are doing and they can watch all the beautiful sights.
Tommy: They should have a background where they can sunbathe. We should have sunbathing near the pool. You should make sunbathing beds.
Hugh: We have to make a bed for sunbathing.
Will: Here come the sunbathers.
Tommy: We should have a park. You know, like...Montrose is a nice park.
Hugh (holding Unifix cubes): These many people are coming. Oh. My. Gosh.
Hugh: Will, can you help me make like an outside kitchen area, so people can like order. Oh! I forgot about the stove! Do you know how silly I was? I didn't think about a stove in the outside kitchen!
Cate (Holding a plastic cube): I found the mirrors. This could be a stove.
Hugh and Lily: We already have a stove.
Cate: This can be a box for bad guys.
Tommy: They are space ships!
Lily: That's what I'm making...space ships!
Tommy: These are for humans.
Hugh: I have a really good idea! There should be something to do at our fancy hotel so they can go on these rocket ships.
Lily: Or it can be a museum.
Hugh: Yeah, so they can explore rocket ships.
Tommy: These can be stairs.
Hugh: Cool, I'm putting our really cool things in our museum.
The children used Unifix Cubes as people on the space ship and also on the sunbathing beds.
Cate and Will also chose to work with hand-sewing today. Cate sewed a variety of materials to some plastic packing material and Will sewed another book, this time for his grandma. He wasn't sure what materials to use for her and Jessica asked what his grandma likes. Will tried to think, "Um..." Cate said, "Well you know one things she likes; you!" In the end, Will used his grandma's favorite color, light blue, on the binding of the book.
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