January 26th, 2021
✨ Pod B ✨
Cannon has been sharing tales of Medusa with his friends, and all of Pod B seems quite intrigued! Today, Cannon painted Medusa while Palmer painted a Cyclops. Later in the morning, four friends made Medusa drawings. As children worked, they referred to Cannon’s painting and each other’s ideas. Children continue to influence each other, no matter the subject matter!
We had an extended outside time, allowing for us to stomp in the snow! Children also made some snow “cooking projects” and letters in the snow. They discovered that they could push the snow with their feet to define areas or create “roads.” A great time was had by all!
Pod B worked with clay yesterday and today. We started with pinch pots, which are made by pinching your thumb and fingers together in a ball of clay to form a bowl shape. It looks easy, but it takes a fair amount of finger strength. Building up these small muscles will help provide more control and less fatigue as children print and draw.
✨ Pod A ✨
Meeting Conversation: Revisiting our Sun Discussion
At meeting together, teachers read some of the ideas back to the children from last week. We told them we were going to use a digital landscape via projection to imagine that we could travel through space and visit the sun. Here's where the discussion went today...
Oliver: First we have to get a bunch of chairs for a big classroom spaceship. Then put a big map onto that so if we see a meteor, meteors crash because they have super powers and they can give you super powers. Or if a spaceship crashed into a meteor it would turn into a meteor ball has super powers and it could give all of these people super powers.
Grace: But what if someone falls out of spaceship?
Maren: We need suits because in space you can’t breathe without a helmet. In space you can’t breathe.
Olivia: Yeah, like a bike helmet. A bike helmet won’t work. We have to make one. And how are we going to get to space with a real rocket ship? We don’t have a real rocket ship or nothing to use.
Grace: We could make one with chairs. But then also you could make straps so then if you don’t have straps you’re just floating around in space.
Dakota: In outer space there’s some balls that are like fire. And sometimes there’s rocket ships and when they go on rocket ships they get on fire.
Grace: What if someone lands on the sun when they fall out of the rocket ship?
Dakota: The sun throws balls out and then it bonks our planet.
Grace: Cause the sun has the babies and then the babies are made out of fire.
Olivia: But how are we going to make a real rocket ship? We have nothing to use.
Grace: You could use your imagination or you could build it out of chairs.
Olivia: We have nothing to make a rocket ship.
Maren: We could build it out of blocks. And after we build the rocket ship we can build space.
Melanie: What materials do we need Olivia?
Olivia: Well maybe …How can we go to space?? It’s really far away.
Maren: You could use your imagination.
Olivia: Well maybe we could just make it out of cardboard or boxes.
Maren: But the thing is Olivia we’re not actually gonna go to space we’re gonna imagine that we’re going to space.
Grace: (gesturing to screen) This projector is gonna put space out where it will look like space and then we can pretend we’re actually right on the sun.
Melanie: But what if we actually really went to space? That’s what Olivia is thinking about. What would we need to make the rocket ship out of?
Olivia: Well how are we gonna get ALL the way to space? And by the way we don’t have materials, we don’t have enough materials to make a whole, big rocket ship. And what about if someone wants to go pee or brush their teeth? Or how ‘bout they’re hungry?
Maren: There’s a special kind of toilet that’s in the rocket ship but not like the one that’s at the bathroom we have…. It’s a different kind.
Melanie: How many people do you think can fit into a rocket ship?
Maren: Two or three. I seen three people go in one rocket ship at once and I’ve seen two people go in a rocket ship at once.
Olivia: But how are we going to fit all of us in the rocket ship?
Oliver: We have to make it fit all of our class. A BIG spaceship that’s much bigger than a minivan Honda. It could fit ten people with ten seats.
Grace: But there’s just a couple of us. (Starts to count people at the meeting) One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten. There’s just ten of us.
Dakota: Andy can be nine and Aida can be ten. (they hadn’t arrived to school yet)
Melanie: What about the other pod?
Grace: But we can’t go to space with them they’re in another pod, that’s why we can’t join classes in the big pod.
Fletcher: How about if only seven of us go?
Next: Traveling to the Sun
After meeting, the children worked together to create a spaceship with enough strength and resources to take us all the way to the sun! The children carefully constructed computers and thought about snacks for humans and animals. Even Hop Hop was safely strapped into her chair.
A quote from Aida:
"Did you know that a rainbow comes from a little bit of sun, and a little bit of rain? When I went on vacation with my friend Penny, I saw my first rainbow. My mom and dad had to wake me up. I was like.... (shocked face, covering mouth with hand) 😲!!"
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