This morning we celebrated Ada's 3rd birthday, which is today! Ada chose some photos to share with the group. We saw pictures from when she was a newborn, when she turned 1, kissing and feeding a dolphin for her 2nd birthday (she told us how she was careful not to put her fingers in the dolphin's mouth but just dropped the fish inside). And we also read the first chapter of a book that Ada enjoys a lot: Penny and Her Doll. Later, during snack while we enjoyed mini, chocolate croissants from Christophe's, we finished reading the book.
We are so glad you are a part of the Brown Room.
Today was our amazing field trip to Boulangerie Christophe!
At morning meeting, we discussed the logistics of our trip and brought up one of the objectives of the field trip: To learn more about food from bakers and chefs. Teachers explained that we might get to see how they make the bread. We asked what kinds of experiences children and parents have had with different kinds of bread.
Emilia: One time we made beer bread. And Alex tasted the beer.
Eliza: What about raisin bread?
Emilia: Banana bread.
Melanie: What ingredients go in bread?
Lane: Maybe jelly or spinach. My mom puts some sandwich in the oven. And she has the mixing bowl and she sprinkle the flour on.
We observed items in the store front, met Noel, the chef in the kitchen upstairs, and Ben, the baker.
THANK YOU TO ALL THE PARENTS THAT CAME ALONG TO SUPPORT OUR LEARNING ADVENTURE!!!
Thanks to everyone who joined us for the pancake breakfast yesterday! We appreciate your support with this learning thread. We are excited for the field trip Monday as a way to expand our thinking around these concepts.
Today on the playground we had lots of fun! Hide-and-seek has become a class favorite. We played MANY rounds. Both Melanie and Brooke are expert hiders. Check out this video clip Melanie took while hiding from the class. A number of kids go right past her and then Oliver is delighted when he discovers her. (happy squeals and screams ensue)
Olivia and Evelyn played some baseball:
While we were inside, Ada's birthday committee was hard at work - here's a sneak peak of their process:
Gigi showed Maren her binoculars and they used them to spy on the Tucker Room. Maren was delighted to spot her sister:
Friendly reminder: Thursday (February 28th) There is a Parent Discussion meeting with Amelia Gambetti. Please RSVP to the Paperless Post invite so we can plan accordingly.
It was an exciting morning meeting for us because we got to Facetime our friend Wolf in Kenya! He called at 9:15am our time, which was about 5:15pm their time. It had just started thunderstorming there. Jecca and Wolf showed us their "cool loo" which was an outdoor potty, and then a very tropical outdoor shower. Wolf showed us his special umbrella, too. He gave us lots of kisses and we gave kisses back. We miss you Wolfie and it's so good to hear from you! Below find a video of some of Wolf's Kenyan adventures plus a video of our chat with him.
Because it was backwards day, we spent a long time outside enjoying the beautiful warm-ish weather....
Today is Cannon's birthday! In addition to Valentine's Day, we celebrated with him at school! Double the fun!
The friends got safari hats and headed to see fish, stingrays and frogs. The highlight was seeing the world's largest fresh water fish. Looking at the photo this morning Cannon exclaimed, "That's a BIG fish!" But with the next photo Ada proclaimed, "That's an even bigger fish!" Later at the party, after cupcakes and ice cream there was a visit to the ape house where the children saw a mommy and baby gorilla. Thanks for sharing some highlights from the zoo birthday party! It's extra special since it was won through the Book Fair raffle - a perfect celebration for Cannon, the animal lover!!!
The birthday committee handed Cannon his gift, he walked around his candle 3 times, blew it out and we sang to him.
To end our celebration Eliza read one of Cannon's favorite books, "Ferdinand." It was a gift from his grandpa Bobby.
Later, during snack, everyone enjoyed yummy cupcakes!
And in case you need more cute: here are some friends making an ice cream sandwich on the slide:
At meeting, teachers asked the group, especially those who have already made pizza this week: what are the steps and ingredients to make a pizza?
DRAWING Kitchen Implements
As a follow up to the tour of the kitchen we did a few weeks ago, we experimented with drawing some of the tools we've seen in the church kitchen. Some objects we drew inspiration from: a spatula, a colander, a large pot, and a whisk.
Click the the gallery to see more drawings, plus details about who made it and their comments:
Today was our first Valentine's Day for delivering messages! We asked the children after snack: WHY do we send messages to each other in paper bags on Valentine's Day?
Ada: It's about sharing.
Emilia: It's about passing out sweets!
Lane: Or cookies!
Emilia: Cookies are sweet.
Melanie: Why do we pass out sweets to our friends?
Ada: Because we love them.
This week we're exploring pizza making! Both yesterday and today the children worked to make individual pizzas. There was a strong since of pride in being able to prepare their own lunch and take it home.
Step 1: Knead and shape your dough.
Step 2: Bake the dough for a brief 5 minutes.
Step 3: Spread the tomato sauce.
Step 6: Cut peppers and add if desired.
Step 7: Bake for another 8 minutes.
Step 9: Take home to enjoy!
Some friends also drew their pizzas:
We used the digital magnifier to study foods up close.
Ada, Cannon and Ellie make a plan with the animals...
Gigi builds a tall tower. Later it got knocked down. When Palmer helped her rebuild it, he asked, "Where do the small blocks go Gigi?" Then the blocks kept falling off the top. Palmer said, "Whoopsie daisy!", making Gigi smile and say, "That's funny."
Olivia helps Evelyn put on her yellow cape, then they sit down to make some messages. After a while, they take the babies and go to "lie down", which is a ritual they often do while taking care of the babies.
Today in Brown Room we did a little bit of this and a little bit of that.
Palmer, Gigi and Maren were Cannon's birthday committee. They gathered green & blue materials and worked on the gift outside. Some Rainey Room friends came over to observe the process.
Some friends opted to create paper sculptures of food. Ellie, Maren and Oliver made plates of pasta, Evelyn made cream cheese and Ada finished the strawberry she started yesterday.
The friends also took turns voting for which type of pasta they prefer, mac & cheese or pasta with tomato sauce: