We started our day with Chapel. Olivia and Wolf did a wonderful job lighting the candles.
Transitioning to Kindergarten
Most of the children are starting Kindergarten next school year. In an effort to support this upcoming transition we invited some St. John's alumni who are currently in Kindergarten to share about their experiences. We met with Sally Godoy Grace McClolough on the front lawn this morning and also watched a video from Sam Geltzer, who was unable to join us in person. They answered our questions thoughtfully. We will share more detail about this at our upcoming Classroom Stories Night.
Maren, Aida and Nora worked to create beautiful messages for the incoming Brown Room children. Nora will finish up tomorrow and Andy and Dakota will both have an opportunity as well.
Spring Inspired Painting
Today the children used a branch of spring blossoms on the overhead projector to trace the image and then paint. It was lots of fun and the paintings are lovely.
Games and Puzzles
Games are still an area of interest for Pod B. Today Dakota, Andy and Maren played a round of Hoot Owl Hoot, which is a cooperative game. The children are getting really good at understanding strategy and giving each other pointers on how to make the best move. Later, the cooperative work extended into working on a puzzle.
Today we put finishing touches on the bird house using spring colors. Here’s some of the thoughts that the children shared as they worked:
Grace - They’re used to green. Let’s use green.
Oliver - This color’s a little beautifuller.
Wolf - We want everything grey.
Grace - How ’bout we just do a layer pink?
Oliver- Pink is my sister’s favorite color.
Grace - We want this whole house pink.
Olivier - You know what you color makes pink?
Grace - I’m using my magic to make it grey. We want it all grey. Because grey is a wonderful color. We’ll be famous one day.
Palmer - The birds won’t like it if it’s just plain grey. That’s why I’m making it green for spring.
Cannon worked on a drawing of the birdhouse that included a ladder to assist the mourning doves entering the house.
Our various kindergarten guests have indicated that math is a part of their work at school. We played some games that worked with various math concepts, including counting, patterns, estimation, and making sets. We ended by working on number recognition by playing a rousing game of “High Card.”