These are soooo old. You have to plant them before the die.
During morning meeting, Margaret shared a box of treasures she collected during a recent camping trip in the woods. She showed us some rocks that she found, as well as a very unusual stick, and change she collected when she happened upon a trail of coins buried in the dirt in the woods. This was Margaret’s first time tent camping, and Rainey Room friends were just as intrigued about her camping experience as they were by the objects she had collected.
Elle: Did you see the stars and the moon?
Margaret: I saw the stars out my window. And Hadley and Campbell were all squishing me.
Louise: Did you see a rainbow?
Margaret: No, it didn’t rain during my camping.
Grace: Did you sleep with a pillow and have a blankie?
Margaret: I had a new sleeping bag. I didn’t have a chair for camping so my mom buyed one.
Elle: Did you see bugs?
Jack: Did you see insects?
Lou Lou: Did you see deers?
Louise: Did you see magic?
This week, Sam brought in a small lemon tree he found recently while digging in his yard. This morning, he shared it at meeting, explaining to the class why he found it fascinating. When we passed it around, Kian noticed , "The points are super pointy." Sam mentioned that when he found the tree it had one leaf left, but it has since fallen off. We wondered why it had died, and Sam said he thought "Because it was so so so so old."
The children recalled seeing the big willow tree (from which the branch was cut) in Austin's yard last fall. If our baby willow is going to get that big, it clearly can't stay in the classroom, or as Grace observed, "It will break the ceiling." We're going to have to find this willow tree a new home!
Afterward, children were invited to draw pictures of their experiences yesterday, or of their ideas for a cherry blossom catcher.
Children talked and exchanged ideas while they worked, but everyone used different materials and expressed their ideas in different ways. They also emphasized different aspects of what they were envisioning, and focused in on different details.
Jack started with a strong tree with roots, then used blue paper for the color of the sky, and added a few sprays of bright pink blossoms. Margaret started with lots and lots lot of blossoms, then added herself to the picture.
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Pieces of Rainey Room experiences.