Fletcher is one of the Brown Room friends whose actual birthday is during the summer holiday. We went ahead and celebrated it today at school. It was a lot fun! Fletcher was joined by his mom, dad, sister and Nana and Pop Pop. Fletcher reminded us that his forthcoming baby brother was also present in his mom's tummy.
First, they read a personalized book, The Birthday Thief:
Then they shared a gorgeous slide show of photos from Fletcher's life. Some moments it included were: his first haircut, riding a fire truck, making gingerbread houses. Nana also brought her favorite photo to share.
Fletcher opened his gift that had been very thoughtfully created by Lane, Gigi, Evelyn, Grace and Emilia.
Finally it was time for Fletcher to be the first one to walk around the candle 4 times!
For snack we enjoyed some yummy mini cupcakes!...the perfect treat since Fletcher's symbol is a cupcake.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY FLETCHER!!!
We are so thrilled that you are a part of our class!
Family Traditions: Alexandra's Egg Game!
Video: Water Work (And a Roaring Contest)
Perhaps inspired by the power-washing going on nearby, a small group works diligently to clean the outdoor space near the sink... even the trash can!
Oliver: See the buttons? the water has to pump. That's how we get all the bricks. These are my job. You gotta make all the water go down the drain. All the water's going down this pipe.
Palmer: We're cleaning everything.
Wolf: We're making sure every single thing is cleaned up.
Wolf and Palmer helped relocate the seeds we had planted back to the Brown Room. They were on the balcony (to hopefully get more sunlight) but we realized that in order to take proper care of them (watering) and be able to observe them, they needed to be in the Brown Room. After the move, Palmer and Wolf carefully watered the ones that seemed dry.
Maren and Ellie observed the sprouts and checked if their specific pots had any growth. Spoiler alert: no sprouts for either of their plantings yet, but some friends do have very tiny sprouts! And the radish growth is promising! When Ellie saw it she said, "It's SO big!"
The girls were invited to draw what they observed. Maren drew a sprouting plant, and Ellie got excited to write letters instead!
Meanwhile, in the studio....
We've been learning how to make clay bowls and today Maren, Ellie, Cannon, Evelyn and Olivia embarked on making their own to take home. After shaping the slabs around a bowl, they added stamps for decoration.
Cannon, Maren, Olivia and Evelyn opened their placemats before snack today. They were thrilled!
This morning 5 friends opted to help create Fletcher's birthday gift. They worked very hard to create something beautiful. He has a summer birthday but we are going to celebrate his school birthday next week.
In the classroom, Fletcher sparked creative play about "bad guys."
While driving his trains around, Fletcher, discovered a small hole drilled into the back of the classroom door.
Melanie: How did that hole get there?
Fletcher: It must be the bad guys.
Cannon: (gets on the phone) Take the bad guys away!
Fletcher: (also on a phone) Bad guys away!
Alexandra: (at the door, with key) I'm trying to lock this. I'm trying to keep it closed. This is our hiding spot.
Fletcher: I'm not a bad guy. I'm a big boy.
I found a lot of holes. I'm gonna do this job. (cover the holes to protect from the bad guys)
(shows his work) Two tapes.
(hides under table) I'm hiding from the bad guys. The bad guys are coming.
Alexandra: The bad guys are here!
Fletcher: What should we do? They are gonna sneak in.
Later, most of the friends enjoyed a dance party:
But Grace and Emilia took on the important task of watering our seedlings.
The children also had a blast playing outside:
We spent a long time outside today! In the video below, you'll see us dancing to the music on the boom box, pouring water from the sink into the new pump station, sliding, swinging, and enjoying the warm weather...
Update from yesterday: Ada's Yummy Hummus Recipe!
Ada and her mom sent us a hummus recipe recently. Yesterday, we went to the Rainey Room with our blender and some ingredients to put together one of Ada's favorite snacks. As we worked, Ada turned to the nearby ECES visitors and said, "Today is a crazy day. We're working on hummus. It's my favorite." Read the captions in the slideshow to find out more about the process....
Updates on planting ...
We have almost finished planting all of our herbs, so today we began planting tomatoes and radishes! While we planted outside today, the Tucker Room children came over to help and we told them the list of herbs we are planting. Hugh said, "Oh, cilantro would be good for soups!"
At the end of the day we spent a little time unwinding inside with some construction and painting.
Have a great weekend folks!
Now that we've begun planting our herbs...
After meeting, a small group met to discuss the length of time we estimate it might take. To do this, we used calendars for April and May.
Brooke: What is a calendar for?
Emilia: A calendar is a thing for… (thinks)
Lane: What time it is, or something?
Emilia: No… what time of year.
Lane: For when it’s your birthday or something.
Brooke: What does a calendar look like?
Grace: You draw it, you mark it, and then you get what you want.
Lane: I’m looking for baby Curtis’ birthday.
Grace: I’m looking my birthday and Lily’s birthday.
Emilia: Lane, can you help me find my birthday, it’s on August 11th.
Brooke: How would we show when the plants are going to grow?
Lane: We need markers and then we can write our names (…), then we could put our stamps on, and then we could sparkles, and we could paint it. We could draw the plants and then we could draw people and do seeds in it.
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