Bonus Mystery Readers!
Today is the last Friday of the month, which means that the Tucker Team will be tidying up the closet instead of writing a blog. However, we thought we would share some images from our combined bonus mystery reader. Both Pods listened to some silly books read by Jill's son (Quinn), her daughter (Vincenza), and Karla (Vincenza's fiancee). The books read today were: "Stand Tall Molly Lou Mellon," "What! Cried Granny," "The Book with No Pictures," and "Tacky the Penguin."
Have a wonderful (snowy?) weekend!
*Today's blog will be on the shorter side as we are down by two teachers and making interim phone calls! Thank you!*
Pod B Backwards Day!
It was cold outside! You can see the three girls implemented some fancy footwork in an effort to keep warm. We also ran around, built animal environments, and played hide-and- seek. We lasted about 45 minutes. Luckily, we had a great way to warm up making and serving hot chocolate!
Some thoughts about this snack:
Cannon - Even the big marshmallows are melting.
Palmer - If you take a lot (of the hot chocolate) it's hot. If you take a little, it's not so hot.
Nora - I love hot chocolate!
Palmer - I love the marshmallows the best.
During snack we also thought about making more bird's nests. We discussed using wire, since it a materials we have not used that much this year. The children know the properties of wire, as is evident in these comments:
Palmer - The birds might get poked and hurt.
Cannon - That was my idea, too. And we don't want that to happen, do we?
Lane - We could put foam on the wire ends, so it won't poke.
Palmer - Or fabric.
Lane - We could sew them a little pillow.
Nora - And a fuzzy blanket.
In the studio...
Driving a car to the North Pole...
Oliver: "While traveling the loop loop, we thought we made a wrong turn, but the loop loop in the end put us in the right place. Just took us a little out of the way. The go stick really propelled us through that loooong loop!"
Soon after, Dakota's giraffes caught "a fever and a cold" and needed to be rushed to the doctor in an ambulance.
Outside we played hide and seek, and dug for buried treasure. Even Molly joined in!
Thank you to Wes and Jess Bieligk for being our Mystery Readers!
Clay in Pod A!
Today children began projects using clay, thinking about the shapes that they would need in order to produce what they wanted. (Pictures are labeled to describe the careful work done by Dakota, Aida, Olivia, Grace, and Andy)
The Shadow Screen
We used the digital landscape projection to travel to the Cayman Islands and Hawaii today, where we drove in our car. Oliver made a “lock/unlock” remote for the car. Maren and Fletcher pretended to be brother and sister. They jumped in the water and had to swim to shore. On either side of the shadow screen, they chased each other’s shadows. Other children got involved later, such as Dakota and Grace, who joined the family.
Miscellaneous yet Mentionable Events
In yesterday's blog, we wrote about the children's interest in Medusa which has been inspired by Cannon's knowledge of the Greek myths. Today, Eliza read us the story of Perseus and the Gorgon, which featured Medusa. The children were captivated by the story. As we signed off, Cannon mentioned that he was going to return to his Medusa painting tomorrow to add blood dripping from the monster's teeth! Many thanks to Eliza and Addison for reading this timely tale!
Continuing Clay Building
Fletcher repaired some of the walls of his large clay house today. He also cut a new door in the size using a clay knife. After thinking it over, he closed up the door by putting the rectangle of clay back in. He said, "There's a virus, and I don't want it to get in!"
Meanwhile, Maren and Grace began new clay projects. Maren's idea involves creating a three-dimensional unicorn, while Grace was inspired to make a spaceship with seats for the astronauts.
Collage With Watercolor
Today and yesterday, children have been making multi-media artworks inspired by Pod B's recent works. Originally our materials were winter-inspired, but as the work has progressed, many different themes have emerged.
Andy: I'm making everything silver and blue because I'm thinking about the waves.
"My family is going to be impressed when I bring this home in my portfolio." Palmer
Both pods continued their work with collage today. On Tuesdays, Tucker Room has their team meetings. Yesterday we shared our sorting, selecting, and collaging experiences with Molly and Jen. Based on their feedback, we expanded the materials that were available today. In addition to the images provided from families, we included fabric, a wide variety of papers, small boxes, balsa wood, feathers, and many marking tools. As you can see in the photo to the right, collage materials took over the Pod B classroom. The set-up in Pod A was equally impressive, with cut images covering the entire construction platform.
Grace explained her collage, which she titled "Bird Goes Flying."
"So the bird lives (goes) to all of these places, but he lives on top of the really high tree where he can see everything. And then one day he decides to go somewhere else. But at first he saw a dusty sky with big, big creature. He didn't know what to call them so he just flied off on his next adventure. He went to steep teaks and then he went to a dry land. He saw very many people, but still it was not right. So he just flew back to the perfect perch."
Maren worked diligently for over an hour-and-a-half on her collage. During this time, she actively taught some children about the gluing process. Other children learned from Maren by simply observing her approach. Here's some comments that she made about why she was making certain choices.
" I put the raft on here because my sister really wants to do this."
"This (an image of an electric guitar) reminds me of my neighbor at home. He has a guitar like this one."
"I found the perfect spot for these butterflies."
Palmer had previously selected several images and created a sign with cut-out letters for his collage. Today he started by selecting a blue base . His prize image was of Baby Yoda, who was given a place of importance in the collage. First Palmer lined a small box with green tissue paper. As he put the glue over his tissue he noted, "It looks darker green when I put the glue on." He continued working, and shared additional comments as he went along:
"Time for a bird. He's a raven and he's flying. "
"Here's a crown for the lion."
"Some fabric, for a little hat for the raven."
"Just how I like it. Although I may add some details, like grass from the raven. I'm looking for smaller pieces (to fit in the remaining space he had)." Finally, Palmer summed up the day, "Well, this is a big day for us. Even without construction, we're fine."
Nora began her collage work by selecting images. She found several that appealed to her. Here's some of the things she noticed as she collected her pics:
"The sky is really pretty in this one."
"Look at this nice pillow. It has roses on it."
"I like this phone. I wish I had one like it."
(Finding pictures of food, "I love cheese. I like these cookies."
Nora moved on to select her base, which was slightly golden in color. Not every image that she initially selected made it on the the collage. Her finished work calls to mind a home environment. Nora agreed, saying, "It's a family collage."
Gigi worked on a second collage today. Yesterday she created a "A Center for Dogs." Today's piece was "A Center for Animals." Once again, Gigi made sure to include elements of care-taking in her collage. The beds provided for the animals are very soft, and in one case include feathers. She also added full containers of food and water for the animals.
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Although Pod B had no real room for construction today, some children were able to build in Pod A during their backwards Day. Jen also took Cannon, Lane, and Gigi through the halls to "read" the work that is displayed there. Here's a quick look at some of these experiences.