This week in the Rainey Room
Tomorrow, our day will be filled with excitement and anticipation as we prepare to celebrate St. John's 25th birthday!
We are all eager to celebrate our wonderful school and welcome our families into the building to help us celebrate as well.
We would like to use today's post as our weekly "catch up" blog to fill you in on some of the work that has taken place in the Rainey Room this week.
This week, children began exploring a new classroom "game shelf". Games included are tic-tac-toe, memory, Snail's Pace Race, Stone Soup, and Spot It.
The variety of games offer both competitive and cooperative game play. As children play together, they are challenged to engage in turn taking, patience, and collaboration. Problem solving, recall, concentration, planning, and prediction skills are also developed and strengthened through game play. Plus, these games are really fun!
Does your family have any favorite games to play together at home?
Storytelling and Stop Motion
We are continuing to explore and expand on our interest in storytelling.
There are many different ways to tell a story.
Some stories are only spoken words, some stories are a series of images, and other stories combine both words and pictures.
The following story was created by the Rainey Room children during a morning meeting this week and is told using only spoken word:
Introducing a new technique: Storytelling using Stop Motion Studio
If you could be a character in your own story, what would you want your body to be doing?
Some ideas: Flying, sewing, skipping, standing, crawling, bouncing... being a superhero, animal, or knight.
Stop motion is when you move something, take a picture, move something, take a picture, move something, take a picture. Then it looks like it's moving by itself. - Hugh
A small group of children have had the opportunity to begin to explore stop motion this week.
When using stop motion, children have relied on movement and imagination (and no dialogue) to tell a story.
Please enjoy the following examples of our first stop motion explorations.
Created by Daniel and Luke
Created by Bea, Lily, and Jade
Created by Finlay and Hugh
Movement and Dance
What are your favorite ways to move your body?
How do you dance with a partner?
In addition to ongoing project work focused on our primary current classroom interests, we spent much time and dedication over the course of the past month on the following "mini" projects as well.
Clay Slabs: Using Coiling Techniques
Final Birthday Work for the School: A Treat Committee
Baking the Cake
Planning Cake Decorations and Designs
We look forward to celebrating our beloved school with all of you tomorrow!