Wednesday, April 25th
Today on the playground the children discovered an insect. At first, they thought it was a huge ant, but it seemed to have and very large body that they speculated might light up. So, perhaps it was a firefly. However, it didn't have wings. After some discussion they decided to call it an Anti-Fireflyer. They examined it closely and made some hypotheses. They decided it was a girl, and brought over a clay structure for a home. A bit later, the group thought it should come inside, so they created an indoor environment for the ant. There was some debate over where the ant should live. Ellee wasn't sure that everyone in the Tucker Room would be keen on having an insect in the classroom so "Anty" (as she is being called, for short) is spending the night in the middle room.
After lunch, Hadley and Rose found an insect book in order to more correctly identify the insect. They found the bug in the bookend it turns out their original idea was right: it is an ant. As Rose explained, "That thing that we found is an ant.... it's just that some ants have bigger bodies."
The rest of the day was also busy. There was a flurry of message making: some of them were for the children who will enter the school next year and some were for more established friends. While looking at the photos of the children who will be joining St. John's next year, Prater said, "I know him. That's my cousin -- Cannon." She proceeded to work diligently to creat the perfect message for him. Using the Bamboo program on the computer is one of our favorite things to do. Today we took our Bamboo creations and used them as the base or background for messages. Carl and Rose spent time making our nest more comfortable by adding fabric strips. Clay and construction were also popular today. Enjoy these images and check this space tomorrow for any updates on Anty!
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