Building Relationships in Rainey Room
It’s been an exciting first two days in the Rainey Room. The children have enjoyed exploring their new classroom environment. The children were excited to explore their new surroundings. There was so much to discover.
Painting at the Easel
At the easel, Zari, Ava and Whit learned about the one brush, one color system of painting. To encourage the children to be more intentional while painting, we ask them to use only one color at a time when painting at the easel.
Zari: Her (Ava) can paint with me.
Ava: I am using the red.
Zari: We are both painting together. The blue is almost gone. Him (Whit) is helping me. And her (Ava) is helping too.
Ava: The yellow mixing on the red and when I’m done I did more red.
Meanwhile in the atelier, Cal worked alongside Joci and learned he "Dip, Dab, Paint" method.
Cal chooses the larger piece of paper, then chooses a light green paint jar. He wants a big thick brush but we see it doesn’t fit in the jar. He chooses a “long, skinny one.”
Cal - (painting) It’s a plane.
Joci - Does it have wings?
Cal - Yes, here’s the wings.
Joci - What else does a plane have?
Cal - Windows. Here’s the window.
Joci - What else?
Cal - A driver. Here’s the captain. And a pilot. I have an easel and a paint brush at home.
Cal replicated this method the next day as Zari looked on.
From their first entrance into the Rainey Room, the children were asking for watercolors!
Ellie: I need a water color. Orange.
Whit: Mine is going to be like swirly (as he made spiral strokes on the paper with green watercolor paint). I make green.
Rawls: I using purple.
Zari: I using purple too!
Ellie described her technique for watercolor painting: I do it so gently.
Isabelle: I collecting ladybugs. My ladybugs turned into hearts and I did purple, dark, dark, dark, and purple.
Charlton described his watercolor painting: It’s like a battle station and all the people are fighting.
Ellie: I’m making a cradle for (baby) Jake.
Elsewhere in the Rainey Room
As always, the construction and dramatic play areas of the classroom were a bustle of activity. In construction, the children used a variety of materials to build a multitude of designs and structures. In dramatic play, the children imagined a restaurant that served a variety of cuisines from spaghetti to cupcakes of all flavors. The light table provided an opportunity for exploration, while the cozy corner was a quiet respite for some children.
Bailee: I want to make a big house with you. I started the house. It’s brick.
Emma: (sees Rawls playing with an alligator in the greenery square) Where is the alligator going?
Rawls: It’s in the forest. He’s going to play with giants. Tigers don’t live in jungles. Someone’s cutting the bushes so they can look for the crocodile.
Emma: are they making it shorter or taller?
Rawls: Taller. No shorter. They saw the crocodile in the jungle right there. They’re going to fight.
Emma: How does the mushroom lamp feel?
Seon: It feels squishy. It change colors. Look! What is the mushroom for?
Looking Forward to an Exciting Year Ahead with our Rainey Room Friends!