Tiny Village Planning and Reflection
In small groups of 3 the children explored the Small World (AKA: Tiny Village, as renamed by Maren today) down in Blake Hall. One task was thinking about what buildings/creations could go together and where things should be placed.
Aida: The flower garden goes by the toy store. You pick the flowers.
Maren: I think the tree should go close to the lake.
Olivia: The car on the ‘carway.’ The tree next to the garden. Where should this go?
Fletcher: This is gonna be a big house if we put everything over there. (All buildings together at one end.)
While setting up the Tiny Village, the children also were interested in who had built each item and reflected on their own work and the work of others.
Grace: I wish we hadn’t made it so big. It’s almost too big. (The retirement home she created with Maren)
Oliver: Did Maren and Grace make this? (Yes) Well, they did a great job.
Olivia: This is supposed to be at the hospital. (She draws in a huge breath of shock.) We forgot to build a hospital!
There was also a lot of interest in matching signs to creations and using initial sounds to help figure out where to place the signs.
We are excited to display this work outside at drop-off later in the week!
Fun, fun, fun in the Outdoor Classroom
It was a beautiful backwards day..... and we enjoyed every minute!
Some children worked with weaving today. We had not done a weaving since the fall, but the children remembered the process.
Palmer - It's under, over, under, over.
Nora - (Observing the strings of her loom) It's kind of springy.
Lane - I'm making a pattern of all different kinds of pattern.
A few children were also interested in adding backgrounds to the imaginary creatures they created yesterday.
Cannon - I'm doing grey for New York City.
Palmer - I'm doing grey so it looks like a cave.
Lane - Mine is definitely under water.
Cannon - (Looking at Lane's work) You did an outline, so you could cut it out and it would still be a mermaid.
Gigi - I'm adding some planets. This red one is Mars.
Lindsey joined us as our mystery reader today. She read "Stellaluna," "Doc McStuffins: A Bad Case of the Hiccups," and "Jane Goodall." The children were captivated by all three stories. Thank you so much, Lindsey!