Creating the birthday gift ...
We enjoyed delicious mini cupcakes together, chatted with Lucas's entire family, and finished with our classic Brown Room birthday traditions.
When Lucas was 0 years old he liked to ... EAT!
When Lucas was 1 year old he liked to ... RUN!
When Lucas was 2 years old he liked to ... SWIM!
Lucas is 3 Years Old and he likes to ... BUILD!
Please enjoy Lucas's finished birthday gift from his friends - A beautifully woven red masterpiece!
Have a happy weekend!
We think it's safe to say that Cape has been a trendsetter in the classroom lately. His enthusiasm and knowledge about barns, farm animals and farm machinery has sparked interest in many other Brown Room friends.
Many of us have even been to a farm before.
Remy has been to a "flower farm", which had "flowers and a playground. And I played and played and I saw a kid and then I was hiking somewhere." She also shared with us, that she "went to a mermaid farm".
Cape told everyone that he has been to two farms. "A Christmas tree farm. I'll tell you how I got my Christmas tree home. We got a trailer in the back of the car and put it on the trailer." About the other one he reported: "It was all about chickens at that farm".
The farm that Wilder went to also had chickens and he even met someone who works on the farm. He told us about a trip to "Papi's farm". "There were only two horses and a lot of chickens and a tractor. And Allen. He gives the chicken's water."
"I went to a cow farm." said Jade. The cows there were "eating hay. They were inside. Someone feeded them."
Researching question we had about cows....
"Oh boy, we can make a barn!" - Wilder
And our exploration of farms continued at snack time...
What did you learn from the story?
Even Farmers go to sleep. And they go shopping. And decorate their house.
And the queen is the biggest bumble bee.
They live in a bee hive and they are black and white striped.
The tractor equipment. I learned about back tractor attachments.
I learned about bees. They're making wax.
Finlay's favorite dinosaur
What's your favorite color, Lucas?
Before each birthday celebration, Brown Room children have become accustomed to asking the question - what's your favorite color? This question kick starts the birthday excitement and informs the birthday committee's work and planning process.
We have been working hard in the classroom this week concentrating on our weaving skills.
There are different types of looms of different sizes available throughout the environment as well as a variety of pliable materials to use for weaving.
We are also continuing to discover that there are examples of weaving throughout our school as well!
While using the bathroom this week, children's eyes were directed towards the ceiling where this beautiful piece of art is hung on display ...
Creating a loom for Lucas
If we are going to make Lucas a birthday gift based on our new found interest in weaving, we need a loom to work on. Yesterday, the birthday committee was tasked with creating a loom that represented Lucas.
Therefore, it needed to be RED.
Throughout the mixing process, Daniel narrated his findings to his friend Luke...
Ohhh! That's a pretty color! It's like brown red.
We need a tiny more white and more redder.
Let's see what happens!
Ahhh! When you mix it on the black it's mixing purple!
Like purple! - Luke
Let's see the book.
(Daniel is referring to "Artist's Color Manual", a book used to research different colors and shades.)
Ok. I'll do the light red. So let's get more white.
And now more red.
And ... Ohh! This looks like a dinosaur red!
Today, additional members of the birthday committee were asked to collect items that would be suitable for weaving (pliable, flexible, bendable materials).
Keeping in mind Lucas's favorite color, committee members took a trip to the Tucker closet and were really successful in our findings!
Here! Here! I see some red here! - Michael
After returning to the classroom with our findings, Cape, Michael, and Luke worked on cutting the different materials into smaller sizes pieces to fit onto the loom.
Then they got to work weaving the materials and the birthday gift started to come to life.
A story began to evolve throughout the weaving process ... what was being created with the materials as they were added onto the loom?
We will save that story for our celebration for Lucas on Friday!
Daniel's birthday celebration
Lily has been asking about it every day since she finished up Daniel's birthday present as part of the birthday committee:
"Do we celebrate Daniel's birthday today?"
And yesterday the answer we could give her was finally YES!
During Morning Meeting Daniel shared photos of his 1st, 2nd and 3rd birthday celebrations with the class.
Daniel's mom and dad joined us for the birthday snack and celebration. We enjoyed cantaloupe and mini cupcakes together before starting our Brown Room traditions. We sang our birthday song for each year since Daniel's birth and he got to walk around the birthday table three times before blowing out his candle.
Earlier that morning Daniel smelled our birthday candle and noticed "It smells like banana soup! I looove banana soup." (the label on the candle says "Sun Shower" but we guess that smell is up for interpretation). Hugh overheard his comment and said "I know why he likes bananas, because we were monkeys." to which Jade added "I was a tiger."
We had a wonderful celebration and
the birthday committee was happy to see
Daniel being so amazed by their present.
Hugh and Wilder demonstrate some awesome teamwork abilities as they transport heavy logs across the outdoor classroom.
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We used paper strips and pipe cleaners to weave them into our (spider) loom. Another way we used to manipulate our paper strips was twisting them (around our finger, a marker or a stick). This technique creates a bouncy curl and requires a great amount of fine motor precision.
While the children continued to work on their projects we read the book "Blue & Bertie" by Kristyna Litten, a story about friendship and inclusion (more about this book at the end of this blog post).
Michael and Cape brought their loom projects to school today and were excited to show them to their friends this morning.
If you saved your child's work, it would be great if you could bring it to school in the upcoming days. That way we can share and discuss every child's work from our virtual days.
A giraffe puzzle piece made a few of our friends remember the book "Blue & Bertie", which we read during our virtual time on Wednesday.
Upon request we read the book again at snack time. It is a beautifully illustrated book about extending help to those in need, being open to something (or someone) new, sharing your culture or perspective of the world, and inclusion.
The book ends with the sentence "And Blue and Bertie remained the very best of friends."
On Thursday, our friend Cape had a great idea. He decided that he was going to build a barn based on a puzzle in the classroom that has both different images of farm animals as well as a barn on it. Cape loves anything to do with farm life and farm machinery!
These type of puzzle pieces work great for using as figurines in an imaginative play setting which is how Cape initially became interested in using the puzzle.
"Zoe got a rocking horse that had the paper on it."
Lucas shared a few special papers he collected over the break during our Morning Meeting with us. He was especially excited to tell us more about the different wrapping papers, as he remembered every gift that was wrapped in them. Lucas told us that daddy's present was wrapped in the blue and white striped paper, his sister Zoe got a fox and a rocking horse and that mommy's necklace was wrapped in a red wrapping paper with white snowflakes on it. He impressed all of us with his striking memory!
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Bea: We're mixing it. With our paint brushes. (...)
I'm sticking everyone's thing together.
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Cate told us about the paper dolls that she made at home by "Draw it and cut it out" - Cate.
That way she made a reindeer, a bear and a boy which you can use as puppets.
She shared a painting of a flower that she painted on water color paper. "It's rough." - Daniel (speaking about the texture of the water color paper)
She also brought pink "wrapping paper" (tissue paper). Cate didn't remember if it was used to wrap a gift but she had another idea: "We can wrap my bunny!". Daniel assisted her in wrapping her bunny 'Poppelhase' in the tissue paper.
Lily shared a few papers with colorful prints on it, wrapping paper with glitter, and an origami fortune teller (some might know it as "cootie catcher") that she made with her mom.
The children were especially interested in feeling the different textures the papers had ("scratchy, rough, soft, smooth").
The first step in making paper is to create the paper pulp by ripping paper into smaller pieces and submerging it in water. Daniel's birthday committee, consisting of Jade, Cate, Lily and Bea, had different approaches and preferences for wetting the paper for this stage of the process.
They used larger round sponges and sponge brushes which they submerged in water first and then dapped or brushed onto the paper. Bea used a spray bottle to mist her paper with water before spreading the water more by using a sponge brush. Lily had the idea to use her spray bottle to wet her sponge brush with it instead of dunking it in the water.
Bea: It's soaking.
Lily: It's ripping. I like the wet paper. Because the wet paper is easier. It doesn't make any sound (when it is being ripped).
Jade: I like to rip dry paper.
We made the plan to go and search for blue materials we could use for pulp making in the Tucker closet after we had used up all the white paper.
Jade: Maybe we need to tiptoe there. We don't scare the paper. Each of us should...
Jade: And then come back quietly.
Lily: Let's get some dark blue!
making our way down the hallway to the Tucker closet -
very quietly to not scare the paper away...
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Today Cate brought individual pieces one by one from the wood shed in the outdoor classroom over to the wooden platform next to the benches.
"It needs to be flat." - Cate
She created a living room, a dining room, a kitchen and a bedroom. In the end two more bunnies joined the house.