Children were given the opportunity to create vessels for light once again as paper and clay lanterns were both options. During these experiences, children were able to work with the mediums of paper and clay, exploring shapes, symmetry, design, pattern, opacity, and the way the light came through the shapes made for the lanterns. They also worked with tools in both circumstance to cut through media in a variety of ways.
As we've been discussing the lanterns' purpose for our Thanksgiving Feast, children are building connection to the upcoming event because they are directly involved in the preparations. On a couple of occasions during our lantern preparations, children have connected the idea of lantern centerpieces to their memories and plans for celebrating Thanksgiving with their families. These opportunities to engage in community (school-wide and family) events brings meaning to the children, their experiences, and their relationships.
Rachael and the Compost Worms
After the children had given Rachael her open invitation to join us for lunch, she decided to visit us for lunch again today! The Tucker Room has been collecting compostable food scraps since the beginning of the year and recently started their compost with worms. We often collect food scraps at lunch to give to Tucker's compost and today, Rachael shared a little more with the children about how the worms need the food to be cut up into smaller pieces right now. She let the children help feed the worms the food scraps from today and the children were able to see the process a little more close-up. Thank you, Rachael for the surprise experience!
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