Explorations in the Outdoor Classroom
It's Friday, so that means "Backwards Day" for the children of the Brown Room. Inside this week, we began working with some new tools: scissors and the digital microscope. Today we took our scissors to the outdoor classroom and introduced a new tool for magnification, magnifying glasses. Ford and Ragnar took the opportunity to get closer looks at a tire, while Ellie checked out the surface of the picnic table. Ramsey explored the wood and treads on the play deck.
At the picnic table, a few children decided to enjoy the crisp fall morning, while practicing cutting paper. Ragnar practiced cutting fringes along a long strip of paper, while Emma worked to cut small pieces.
Ragnar: It's not cold outside now.
Emma: I'm doing this for the pictures. Open, close. Open close. Scissors, scissors, scissors.
Exploring New Materials in the Outdoor Classroom
Another new material in the Outdoor Classroom this week were bamboo poles. The poles have been used as "hiking sticks" and as "flashlights," but today the children found another purpose for them. The bamboo sticks became tools used to fix the "leaky roof" of the Cob House for Ford, Rawls and Charlton. Ramsey and Isabelle decided to join them.
Ford: We're fixing the roof!
Charlton: We're fixing the roof!
Ford: So not water comes through there (pointing to one of the bamboo crossbeams of the house).
Rawls: We're making the roof.
Coming Up Next Week in the Brown Room...