After lunch, a group of children started working on the construction challenge. Today, it was all about bridges. Photos of Key Bridge, the bridges over the canal, and a bridge from Montrose Park. Carl and Jay recognized the bridges right away. Children also talked about their knowledge of these bridges based on their own context.
Carl - Hey, that bridge is so close to my dad's work!
Jay - Look at these bridges! Which should we build?
Carl - Let's build this bridge first (bridge over the canal).
Jay - And we can build Key Bridge second.
Carl - We need hollow blocks first.
Mac -(With cardboard pieces)I'm going to work on the shore.
Carl - We need more hollow blocks. Once I went on that bridge and I had an ice cream. If you cross the bridge, you go one block to my dad's office.
Jay - I'm going to do the steps.
Cassius - There's one bridge by my house and we have to cross it to go from here to my house.
Jay - The Key Bridge goes from one side (of the river) to another.
Ellee - And I go on Key Bridge when mom and I go to Michael's to get supplies.
The classroom work also featured building on a smaller scale. Last week, children created a model of the Bishops Garden with materials. Today, they used the hot glue gun to make a more permanent replica of the garden. Of course, Mandalas, puzzles and Halloween books rounded out our day.
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