It's the last day of the month so the blog will be very short as teachers will be tidying up around the school this afternoon. Today, the Pod A children went in 2 small groups to walk around the neighborhood and see the Halloween decorations. We are very thankful that Addison came to accompany us. Thanks Addison!!!!
At snack time, the children enjoyed eating the pumpkin bread they made yesterday!
Inside the classroom, the children enjoyed building and interacting with the shadow screen. They created spooky scenarios that involved bats and dangerous dragons. Halloween messages and books, easel paintings, and puzzles filled out our day!
Pod B also had a fun and exciting Pajama Day! The scale for the store broke today. In an effort to fix it, the children found tools to take it apart. There was so many examples of collaboration and problem solving as they tackled this! Here's some of the conversation as they worked :
Fletcher - Did you know my daddy and my papa are good fixers? They can fix anything that's broken.
Oliver - I'm very good at fixing things with this screwdriver.
Fletcher - The spring! It's loose!
Grace - Maybe I could tug this down and put it in that way.
Fletcher - Yay! That's a good idea Grace!
Grace - Is it supposed to go in there? Could we borrow this (a piece of thread), boys? I have a good idea. Thread. If we could hold it in place, we could fix it.
Fletcher - We could put thread on this spring and tow it down.
Grace - Pull this spring until I get down there. Sorry, you need to pull it with 2 hands. Fletcher, will hold this up? It would be very helpful for me.
Fletcher - This might be the trick.
Grace - I need light up there. Let's do more surgery! I think I see what's causing it.
Fletcher - Maybe we could make an elevator down.... to there.
Grace -We're gonna fix it no matter how hard. Our plan is to get the whole jumble out of here, so we can fix it.
Have a wonderful Halloween weekend!
October 29th, 2020
Pod A had lots of fun on this rainy day!
One big project was preparing and baking pumpkin bread. That will be our special snack tomorrow for Pajama Day!
Many children also spent time in the Greeting Hallway at the large light table. They painted, drew, built and explored.
Here's what Cannon said while he was working on his pumpkin drawing:
Here's what Lane said about her painting of a family of pumpkins:
Pod B had a blast today...
Aida shared her memory box! Here are some excerpts from the meeting:
Aida: This is me playing at the splash pad. This is the solar system. Mom putted out all the planets and I colored them.
Grace: It's gorgeous.
Andy: Mars and Venus....which one is Saturn?
Oliver: I live on the planet Earth.
(talking about Jupiter)
Aida: That's the giant red spot. It's called the raging storm. It's been going for a hundred years.
(showing a necklace)
Aida: It got baked... the beads...so they would get hardened.
Oliver: That's so cool.
Aida: They're heart shaped rainbow crayons.
Oliver: They're so beautiful.
Aida: And I even brought an acorn. It's light brown and dark brown.
The big project work was creating a spooky stop motion movie!
Here is our first ever stop-motion movie! It's a tough media to get the hang of but all the children persevered to make it happen. In this story:
See you tonight at 7 for Classroom Stories Night!!
October 28th, 2020
The First Chapel of the Year! Thank you for joining us!
Tucker Pod B
Finishing up with Paper Sculptures
👻Plans for a Spooky Movie 👻
At snacktime, teachers asked the children if they would be interested in making a "spooky movie" using stop-motion animation. They were very excited, and came up with lots of spooky ideas right away!
Fletcher: We could make a big monster that goes all the way up to space!
Grace: Halloween ghosts. What about a vampire?
Fletcher: Then the vampire turns into a bat and then a human.
Oliver: When a vampire flies, it turns into a bat. When it lands, it turns back into a vampire.
Melanie: If we had ghosts in the movie, what if they went on an adventure? Where would they go?
Aida: They would go to Pluto.
Andy: We'll put a ghost in the movie, then the ghost will turn dead and then into a bat.
Although we didn't have time to start 'shooting' the movie, we made two little ghosts out of yarn and prepared the background/setting (outer space) by finding a planet painting in Aida's portfolio. We assembled some pretend 'candy' because we had the idea that in our movie, the ghosts might be traveling to Pluto to find the yummiest Halloween candy.
Tucker Pod A
A very active and enjoyable Wednesday!
Classroom Stories Night is tomorrow night!
We're excited to provide more detail of some of our main investigations.
Looking forward to seeing you and including you in the discussion!
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Connections: Veins in People and Leaves
Today Jen brought in her mom's anatomy book. She shared it at meeting and children were fascinated with the drawings. Children worked in two small groups with Brooke and Jen to further research the connections between leaves and the human body. Children made observations and worked carefully on drawings. They were thrilled to have "Pam" (a human body figure that the children worked with last year) back to support their work! Their big ideas included protection, blood circulation, and transformation. Some of their ideas will inform future classroom experiences.
Halloween is in the Air!
While the small groups met in Blake Hall, other children worked in the classroom. There was definite Halloween theme to their drawings, paintings, messages, and buildings.
Welcome Back, Andy!
Everyone was super happy to see Andy back at school yesterday! Today he brought in his memory box and shared stories related to the photos in it.
Andy - (A photo of Emily on a tractor) She's driving a tractor at the farm. (A photo of bike riding). I'm already big so I already got pedals. I can go 99 fast. Almost a million!
Connections to the Store: Coins
Recently, coins had been added to the cash register in the Tucker B Store. Today children looked at coins from the United States, Canada, the Bahamas. Children noticed that the coins depicted people and animals and were copper, silver, and gold. Children then used drawing and watercolors to create their own coins. A little bit of their conversation:
Olivia - I'm gonna paint Gio (on her coin).
Aida - What if we had a huge coin, as big as the sun? (A little later) I made a Hop Hop coin. I did my dad's coin. And my mom's coin.
Children's work also featured a teddy bear coin, a 917 coin, and a coin with Abraham Lincoln and Grace!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LANE!!!
Today we celebrated Lane's school birthday! Her actual birthday is tomorrow.
Lane's mom and grandmother, Lulu, joined via Zoom. Lane noticed that Lulu put on some lipstick so she could be fancy for the celebration.
Lane walked around the candle 5 times and snuffed it.
We sang her Happy Birthday and then she opened her gift which was made by Pod B. They included a lot of Carolina blue and pink as well as a mermaid made out of sculpey.
At snack the children enjoyed some brownies. Lane commented, "Whole Foods has the best brownies."
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LANE!
Outside, we pretended to be scary dragons and chased each other. Aida said, "It's almost like tag.... dragon tag!" Children were giggling like crazy as they ran and hid from the dragons (teachers took a turn first, then Aida, then Grace, and so on... We practiced our scary dragon growl!)
After we were done, we rang the gong. In the short video, Fletcher tells Aida to "Keep going!" so the dragons will fly away from our playground.
"We talked about the ice cream maker. I think you put fruit in it. You put all the ingredients in it makes ice cream. Real ice cream, not pretend. It's so exciting."
Teacher note: Children talked about what flavors they wanted for the ice cream. There was a lot of enthusiasm for carrot ice cream, in honor of Hop Hop.
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(Oliver)"I writed a fruit and I painted it. An orange. I wrote and painted the heart of the fiti. It's green. It's from Disney. It's a necklace that Olivia had. It's from Moana."
While using watercolors:
Grace - This is the mom, this is the daddy, this is the orange who's a teenager, so he walks by himself.
Aida - One, two, three, four five. They're dancing in a dance party. Have you ever seen a blueberry eating a loo-berry? (To the tune of "Down by the Bay."
Grace - I like your picture, Aida. What are you making?
Fletcher built a huge ice cream cone.
He said, “Two vanillas on ice cream.” Then he added to the top, saying, “This is a big cherry and a blueberry.”
Fletcher then wrote “Ice Cream” so that we could add to our documentation panel about the store.
Oliver used a “blender”.
He said, “Beep beep beep, ding ding. Now it’s milkshake. When it counts to five, it’s all done. One two three four five six seven eight, you press eight buttons.”
Oliver then said, “Taste this, it’s smoothie. This is a micro-scan, it will turn it cold. Do you love it cold?”
He also drew a label for the jar meant for blue candy, calling it, “Blueberry Mac and Cheese."
When Grace and Olivia came to the store, they helped us add labels to the jars so that we can sort the candy we want to sell. Since the candy is usually fruit-themed, Olivia said, “strawberry” and Grace said, “honeydew.”
Grace drew a strawberry with a triangular shape.
Then Olivia said, “How bout we make a rainbow one of those?” She made a label with three stripes of paper. Then she filled it with candy that corresponded to those particular colors. She said to herself, “Now I need orange… purple… and blue.”