A Committee for Lucas
Can you believe that we have already celebrated 10 birthdays this school year in the Rainey Room?
So far, Finlay, Michael, Remy, Ines, Cape, Sam, Lily, Wilder, Jade, and Daniel have all had their school birthday celebrations.
As you are probably already aware, we begin the process of preparing for each child's birthday by conducting a large group interview (that takes place during morning meeting) to offer the opportunity for everyone to ask the birthday child questions about themselves. These meetings not only support everyone in gaining better insight into the personality, interests, and uniqueness of each individual member of the Rainey Room, but also invite collaboration and strengthen our ability to be kind and care for others.
If you'd like to read the full transcript of the large group interview for our friend, Lucas, you can find it below!
Next, the small group committee meets to reflect on the information obtained during the large group interview.
It's Cape and Cate's turn to be on the birthday committee this week!
Some of our major takeaways that supported the work moving forward are underlined.
What do we recall about Lucas's birthday interview?
It’s a double yellow. Means don't cross. - Cape
The roads I drive on are not dashed lines.
Dashed lines are for highways. - Cape
(comparing the road he invisioned to the road drawing picture book used for reference)
A Three Eyed Purple Monster
He wants a monster on the monster truck that’s purple with three eyes. - Cate
Cate volunteered to get started working on the monster for the monster truck sign. She began her process by choosing different size circle stencils, then tracing and cutting out two circular shapes. One larger circle and one smaller circle for the head and the body. She tested each arrangement to determine in which order to glue the circles together (large on top, small on bottom versus large on bottom, small on top).
Lucas said he wanted the eyes in purple. This shade of purple. - Cape
(choosing dark purple paper)
Cate, do you want these to be the color of the eyes? These are good shades of purple. - Cape
Yeah. - Cate
Lucas wanted how many eyes on the monster? - Sam
Three! - Cate
Both Cape and Cate worked through this process in an extremely collaborative effort.
Each child stepped up and offered support to the other when needed, typically when faced with a difficult task.
This is silly mini. Silly Mini Monster. - Cape (introduces monster to Sweetie Dog)
We should name it Silly Mini Monster. - Cape says laughing
Cate laughing: yeahhhhhhh!
You know why it’s called Silly Mini Monster? Because that’s part of the monster trucks name. - Cape
You know I think you’re right. Most monster trucks do have names. - Sam
Silly Mini Monster
Wow Cate! Great job! - Cape observes their finished sign.
I want to build the truck. - Cate
Using a few Google images of monster trucks for inspiration, Cape and Cate began constructing the truck that would be the backdrop for Lucas's portrait.
Taking a break from building to enjoy some outdoor time proved to be really beneficial. The problem around "round wheels versus rectangular blocks" was solved when finding tires in the outdoor classroom.
Using photos from Lucas's family photo book, Cate and Cape decided to use an approach similar to the construction of the monster by sketching shapes, cutting them out, assembling, and adding details.
I can draw a dog. - Cate
The puppy could drive the monster truck! - Cate
Photo Shoot Day
This looks awesome. - Finlay
The entire class becomes very invested in celebrating the birthday child. Non-committee members were so excited for Lucas to see his photo shoot setup when first arriving in the classroom today.
It's good! Puppy is my favorite. - Lucas
As Cape and Cate conducted the photo shoot, they considered body placement, facial expression, photo clarity, and prop arrangement to be important factors in capturing the best image.
They requested that Lucas try different positions throughout the shoot and afterwards narrowed down their choices to a handful of "favorites".
In the editing process, Cate emphasized the most important aspect to consider when choosing the final birthday portrait.
Lucas is more important than the monster truck. - Cate
Lucas was able to take the truck for a spin with puppy after the photo shoot.