And we can feel that holiday energy, excitement, and anticipation in the Brown Room this week. We have been so busy and it's only Tuesday!
Not one, but TWO surprise calls today!
Mystery Call # 1 - Cape and Dave, Cape's Dad!
This was our first time having a BR child be our mystery reader and it was so exciting!
If you didn't already know, Cape is a big fan of everything that is related to a farm. He knows so many interesting things about the machinery you can find on a farm and the jobs that the different machines are responsible for. So, of course, Cape and his dad started with a book all about being at a farm!
Next up, Cape helped read The Polar Express by "Albert Einstein" (according to Cape).
Actually written by Chris Van Allsburg.
Many of our children were familiar with this story because they have either read it at home or watched the movie version recently. Cape was in the perfect setting for this story as we admired his beautiful Christmas tree in the background at his house.
Thank you Cape and Dave!
Mystery Call #2 - Ines!
Yesterday we communicated with Ines via email and sent her some "selfies" to say hi and show her how much we missed her! Today, we were able to chat with her all the way in Germany via zoom.
It is obvious that we are all missing Ines here at school, but we are so lucky to have such great helpers join us in the classroom this week! Whenever someone has asked about Ines, children are quick to reference the globe in our classroom to show where Ines is currently located in Germany with her family.
We chatted with Ines during snack time today and made sure she was all caught up on the exciting things that have been happening in the Brown Room so far this week.
Paper + Water - A new exploration
Speaking of catching up on all of the hard work we have been doing in the classroom so far this week,
let's talk PAPER & WATER.
Stemming from our last staff workshop, we decided that the next "language" we would introduce in the classroom would be paper. Paper being both a familiar material for our children, yet also a material that provides endless amounts of potential for deeper exploration.
Please view the following PDF to take a deeper look into this weeks exploration.
*This file was originally a Keynote presentation that included some video clips.*
The presentation was shared at yesterday's staff meeting as we continue to reflect on the learning that is taking place surrounding the language of paper in all of the classrooms here at school.
Stayed tuned for the continuation of our work with paper & water in the Brown Room this week. How will these materials be used in conjunction to create something beautiful?