Our Pod had a VERY busy day working on our end of year gift for Kurt. Yesterday we had planned the ideas for the book, but today the children had to problem solve in real time to make the photographs look real. It was so fun creating the scenes for each page of the book. We think Kurt is going to LOVE his gift!
We went to fetch Yoda from Kurt's office. That gave the children an opportunity to connect with Kurt in person.
We realized that Yoda needed a mask so we made him one. There were 3 fabric colors to choose from. Here's the dialogue around that decision:
Nora: Maybe red?
Maren: I think we should use red because if we use green it might blend in.
Aida: Yeah, and because it's Kurt's favorite color.
The first photo for the book was Yoda painting at the easel, but the children quickly encountered a problem - he couldn't reach! Eventually they realized that when they need to reach high things they use the ladder and so Yoda could too.
Aida suggested: Maybe we can stack some blocks on the ladder?
Maren: That's not the problem. The problem is that Yoda can't reach.
Using team work, the children got some items out of the way and moved the ladder as close the easel as possible. But Yoda still couldn't reach!
Nora suggested: Maybe we could Yoda and extra long paint brush?
Andy looked around and spotted the games nearby.
Andy: A game! (as a plank)
As the children worked to get the game in place and support it using blocks:
Nora: We have amazing ideas!
Andy: I wonder what Kurt will say?!
After diligently working to set the perfect scene, Andy was able to snap the photo for the book.
Aida got some blocks set up for the message center page. She also created a mini message for Yoda to be working on. Aida and Nora worked together to sound out how to spell Yoda:
Maren: /Y/ /Y/ /Y/ It's the same as yoyo!
Nora: It sounds like there's an O.
Nora sounded out the next two sounds:
Nora: /D/ /D/ /D/- D! Yod- /A/ /A/ /A/ - A!
The other pages required some set-up and staging and then the children simply had to snap the photo. Yoda had a very full day!
Big Ideas on a Beautiful Backwards Day
We thoroughly enjoyed our time outside on this lovely day. Children were digging for fossils, creating dangerous traps and secret passages, building a lion and eagle fortress, and hosting a dog birthday party. By the end of our outside time, the playground was full of fierce lions.
We introduced a new printing experience today…… gelatin printing. At meeting we brought out unflavored gelatin. Children had these reactions to this new material:
Lane - Ewwww.
Fletcher - It’s kind of smushy.
Grace - It’s freezing.
Lane - It’s so cold. It’s jiggly.
Children used this gelatin printing plate to make mono prints using natural materials, found materials, and string. As they worked, the made the following observations:
Wolf - It’s really sticky.
Oliver - I’m doing it really gently so I don’t hurt the gelatin. Just like when a mama chicken sits on her egg to keep it warm.
Grace - Do you think my mom will love this?
Lane - My mom is gonna have to love it. You can call this “nature.” Softly and carefully.
Fletcher - Look, Melanie! A pyramid! (Referring to a pyramid shape he made with circles.) (He counts the circles.) Ten! Four plus three plus two plus one equals TEN!
“Now this is what I call science!” Fletcher.
We used the digital microscope to examine pollen, small branches, flowers, leaves and a geode that Cannon brought in. Here’s some of the observations that we made:
Looking at a small stem:
Palmer - There’s a lot of stems.
Grace - It’s thorny.
Looking at Cannon’s Geode:
Fletcher - It looks so pretty on the inside of the rock. It looks like a diamond.
Grace - It looks like a big boulder.
Cannon - It looks like a crystal.
Fletcher - It looks like a gem.
Palmer - It looks like ice.
Oliver - Sparkles! It looks like jewels.
Fletcher - (Putting the stem on top of the geode) It’s like a crystal tree branch island.