Welcome to the Brown Room everyone! So far, we have had two wonderful days in the Brown Room. Everyone seems to be settling in and getting to know each other. We truly could not have asked for two more perfect "first days" for everyone.
Soon, we will send out information about our intentions and scheduling for the Brown Room blog (this may differ from sibling's classrooms). We will also send out information about Brown Room birthday celebrations and more.
For now, we want to share our projections for the week, some highlights of our first two days, and some observation notes from our open studio explorations.
As you enter the classroom, to the right you will find our sign in sheet and cork board full of our calendars (School year, monthly, etc.), classroom projections (monthly and weekly), and more. We encourage you to pause and read them at your leisure during drop-off.
Projections for the week of 9/5-9/9
First days in Brown Room
Drop-off, transitions, and morning meeting
It truly has been beautiful to watch each child and family enter the Brown Room with excitement, confidence, and a readiness to begin the day!
Each day, at 9:15 (ish), we transition to our green carpet to start our morning meeting. This is a time to greet each other, sing songs, read books, introduce materials and experiences, ask questions, dialogue, and make first plans for our days. We've had two morning meetings full of songs, fun books, some laughter, and a lot of sweet smiles.
Exploring the classroom and the outdoor classroom
Our first studio explorations
Our Brown Room Studio has been a source of excitement and curiosity since the children first visited during the welcome party last Friday. The past two days we have had small groups visit with the intention of an "open exploration". We asked questions such as, "What do you see?" or "What do you notice?" As they began to show interest in certain materials, they were invited to take those materials from the shelves and bring them to the table or easel (all children chose the table) to use them.
During this time we have been focusing on processes, the vocabulary that we use as we work (e.g. materials, collaging, layering, Brown Room Studio, adhesives, work in progress, are you pausing your work for now?, etc.), and caring for our materials.
Today, their focus was on the process of using liquid glue, paper, and layering.