KW was split into two sections today. First, we worked in the Tucker room, choosing to make messages or draw. Lily worked for an extended period of time creating a message for Max. She placed tape on her work in crossing lines, explaining it was similar to the way we had marked off sections of the paper for our recent watercolor work. Hugh saw this and made his own design placing tape on paper saying, "Like Jill (had done) without the paint."
Tommy drew a picture, and then another, and another; three versions of "a teller." Tommy explained the teller, saying "It tells you everything." When further asked what the teller is, Tommy began with a description of an ad about a robot and the following conversation occurred.
Tommy: The robot is a teller...but not this kind of teller.
Jessica: So you're making a different kind of robot that's a teller?
Tommy: No...yes, yes! But not making it. We're not making it now we're just making the plans.
Jessica: But what does it tell you? You said everything, but what kind of things?
Tommy: Ev-er-ything that you don't know.
Jessica: Like what time it is?
Tommy: Yeah because the clock is here.
Tommy circles his hand over the top of the drawing.
Jessica: Can it tell you anything else?
Tommy: It can tell you the weather, it can tell anything. That's why it's called a teller.
The second part of KW happened in the Middle Room where our Curious Garden city had recently changed to some new small worlds. One of these is a pool Sam and Sally made during Early Birds for sea creatures. Inspired by this and all of the recent creating of small worlds, we set up the space with a water projection over the area where the children have been building these worlds. The projection was a video that includes sounds, so when we entered the room it was as if we were being immersed in the water. The children became calm and focused. Sam, Hugh, and Tommy worked with the worlds for some time, adding to an area that hadn't been built up yet and overall adjusting things. Hugh was surprised by the change from the city and wanted to add streets back in with vehicles. Tommy added more trees using the crane to move them. Sam helped with the animals and overall design, explaining what was there already such as a sign that says "no dinosaurs allowed in the street."
While the boys built, Lily completed her message for Max. She then decided to make a watercolor painting. Lily made several marks on the page, "These are little baby dinosaurs and this is water." (She gestured to the empty space around the baby dinosaurs.) Lily then made larger marks on the page, "...that means these are the (dinosaur) mom's prints." The children finished KW building all together with legos.
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