"What's that noise?"
As you have all read, seen, and heard, the sound of the bell ringing during snack (and other times of the day) is where our interest in the Bell Tower and other parts of the school began. The children continuously mention the bell tower, the bell, the steps, and more.
While working, they seek out materials to help build "the bell tower and St. John's". Most recently, Pierce, Henri, and George collaboratively constructed "the inside of the bell tower". This was a plan that they independently made when their first plan was to work in construction.
From the beginning, the actual bell and the sound it makes, has been a driving force for the work. Each time they construct St. John's or the bell tower (almost one and the same), they seek out a variety of bells to add to the structure. Throughout our day they stop to listen to the bell ringing 10, 11, then 12 times, and there have been a few comments made about making a bell; if you recall, George mentioned this back on September16th when he suggested that we could make a bell out of clay.
Exploring the bells
What do we remember about the bell in the bell tower?
"It looked round." - George, 3.1 years
"And dirty. I touched it with my hands, and then I ringed it with my giant hands." - Lou Lou, 3.1 years
It [roll of copper] not make any noise. This [bell] does make noise. I don't know why." - George
Even more bells
We paused to draw some of the bells, which drew their attention to the different parts of the bells. This is when we discovered that we did not know the names for all parts. What we did know what that most of them have "a jingle bell" (Cully) on the inside.
Realizing that we did not know the names for each part of the bell, the next day we had photos with each part labeled. These were on the table with the bells and metal materials.