Last week Nora informed the class that it was meteorological spring! Spring was definitely in the air as we spent an hour outside on this beautiful day. Children engaged in all of their favorite activities: building, swinging, checking on plants, invented games, and animal play.
One of the key aspects of the pajama project is collaboration. Yesterday, that collaboration extended to another classroom. The Brown Room has been thinking of drawing the stairs for the pajamas, since the stairs are a big part of their day. However, they found drawing the stairs, especially the curving stairs in the entry to be challenging. Lane went down to offer some words of advice and encouragement.
Lane - "Like you pop the paper out (explaining how to represent the curvy staircase). Up and down is like drawing the stairs, but doing them around is more trickier so you can glue the shape of the paper on the other paper. The stairs are going to be popping out from the paper. (Lane then suggested paper folding) Like an accordion. That’s the best way to do it.”
Pod B also discussed the drawings that might be part of our contribution to the pajama project. With some modifications, the class has agreed that we can be represented by an animal and construction area combo. We are looking forward to sharing more with you in the coming week(s).
Aida's family will be leading us in celebrating Persian New Year next week, and we're so excited to begin our preparations. We'll be making our own tribute to Haft-seen, an arrangement of seven symbolic items. One of the items is "Sabzeh": a collection of wheat and lentil sprouts growing in a bowl, representing new life. Negar has helped us begin the sprouting process by soaking the lentils, and Aida gave the class some important tips.
The Progression of the Small World
Each day, children have been working hard to glue, paint, assemble and label the many pieces of our little tiny neighborhood. Every Tucker A child has been a participant in some way.
"It's starting to look like a huge city," said Fletcher today. He began to play with the little cars and towers. He said, "I saw a cut-down tree near Andy's house," pointing to a tree made by Dakota next to a tower made by Andy. It's been amazing to see how children become invested in their own buildings, but are also aware of each other's work.
Soon, our plan is to put the neighborhood out on the lawn for parents to see, so please keep an eye out for an email about that :)
Pajama Update - Still Discussing!