Happy Birthday, St. John’s!
We all enjoyed celebrating the school’s birthday at Sing-Along today. We presented Molly with the gift of the clay 24 for the number line that represents the school’s birthdays, as well as a card. Pod B especially enjoyed the snack provided by Molly on behalf of the school. All agreed that the cookies were delicious. At one point, the children realized that every classroom received cookies, not just our group. That’s a lot of cookies. We decided to figure out how many cookies Molly needed to make. The children thought that 45 children attended school. They then counted how many adults were in the school today and came up with twelve. It was difficult to arrive at a total, so we broke out the math manipulatives. Palmer counted out twelve cuisenaire rods and the class counted together beginning with 46. There was a little hesitation about the number after 49…. for a moment we thought it was 40-10. With some further thought, the children came up with 50. We arrived at 57 as our total.
Palmer - That’s 57 cookies! That’s a lot of cookies! Guess how many cookies Molly made in Pretend Life. 900!
As always, children enjoyed their opportunity to start the day outdoors. There were some more invented games, including one called “Ghost in the Garden.” We checked on the flower that’s blooming, played ball games, and pretend to be animals, including a raccoon who kept looking for trash to eat.
Children were very excited about sewing once again today. Nora and Gigi started their first sewing and Palmer was eager to make a third creation. Lane first worked to make a clay four for the number line, but then joined the sewing circle. A little of the conversation that took place while sewing:
Gigi - I like the way this is looking.
Palmer - This is going well because we have all the materials we need.
Gigi - (Referring to her embroidery floss) This purple is looking good. This purple is well- dressed.
Palmer - This is silly, silly, silly, stubborn Medusa because it has zero percent of an eye.
Lane - I’m just sewing.
Nora - I’m doing some more glitter (sparkly fabric).
The children continued to develop the Small World today. New creations were glued and painted, such as a tower and greenhouse (by Fletcher), a shoe shop with an "awning" (by Grace and Maren), and a "Beautiful Garden for Hop Hop" (by Aida).
The travel area is popping! Thanks again for all the contributions shared from home, they have helped encourage fun story lines. Maren brought in a picnic set today and it was the basis for part of the first group's play.
The first group was Maren, Dakota and Fletcher.
Fletcher - I'll keep my luggage under the seat.
Maren - Don't worry I brought some sunglasses.
Dakota - Ok, it's all packed.
Maren - We're here! Let's go have a picnic. Picnic time!
Dakota - Maren, let's picnic on the beach.
Maren - We don't need towels, we have a picnic blanket.
Dakota (fetching parasols) - These are for shade.
Fletcher - I already have something to cover me, a hat. I don't have any sunscreen.
Dakota - I need to call somebody to bring some sunscreen. (calls) Ok, they'll bring it.
(they apply sunscreen)
Dakota - The sun is so hot, that is why we need these. (the parasols)
Maren - There should be wine.
Dakota - I packed wine.
Maren - Let's eat. Yum!
Dakota - I'm eating mac & cheese.
(afterward Maren washes the dishes)
The second group was Andy, Oliver and Aida.
Aida starts by carefully packing a bag. Oliver starts at the computer pretending to work, Andy begins to plan the trip.
Oliver - I'm at work.
Andy - Let me see where we're going. (Looks at map.) We're going to Cape May.
Oliver - Let's call. (calls) Sorry it's not open.
Andy - Let me find another one. (map) I know, we should go to Maine. (gets another map) Oliver should we go to Arlington?
Oh, I see it.
Oliver - Can you please leave it open so I can download it on the computer?
Andy - I'm gonna work now.
Oliver - Can you please work on the vacation? (makes V sound) /V/ /V/ vacation.
Andy - V! Vacation. (typing)
Oliver - Aida, do you have all your stuff?
Aida - Yes.
Andy - We're going to Sea Island.
Aida - I'm going to Iran.
Oliver - Everybody get your own ticket.
(they get the plane)
Oliver - We're there. Aida can you please come to Sea Island?
Andy - And then we will go where you want to go.
Oliver - Aida, you're coming with us. Please come.
Aida - I'm going to Iran.
Oliver - Well it's closed until the nighttime so you can come with us.
Andy - And it's close by (to Iran).
Oliver - We're here. What should we do?
Andy - Should we eat some lunch?
(Aida pretends to play in the sand).
Oliver - Andy, your lunch. (Andy looking at a map)
Andy - I'm looking at New York.
Oliver - You need to eat your salad.
Later, Aida discovered the space helmet that Fletcher's family shared with us. It inspired her to travel to space. Olivia overheard the idea and happily joined in.
Aida - I'm traveling to space to visit all the planets.
(the girls pack a bag, including their bunnies)
Aida - I got binoculars. You need this (helmet) in space 'cause there is not a lot of gravity. Want to try it on? It's really comfortable. And when you talk in the space helmet your voice is really loud. (smiles)
(Olivia tries it on)
Olivia - But we don't need it now 'cause we're not in space yet. Do you have food and plates and stuff? (she fetches them)
Aida - I have an idea; I'll pack my own and you pack yours.
(each packs a bag)
Aida - You can borrow my stuff and I'll borrow yours.
Olivia - The bunnies are in here. Now we can go.
Aida - I got my space helmet.
Olivia - Where should we go? Earth?...Mars?...Saturn?
Aida - Jupiter!
Olivia - Let's sit down in our rocket ship. Now we can get any stuff we want. (from the bags) Where's the map?
Thanks to Pawel for being the Mystery Reader today!! Elmer books are always a hit!
Pod B ended the day outside in the beautiful weather. The boat added some exciting fun to the end of the day.