Just a few small stories from our time outside for Backwards Day:
Cannon and Lane played eagles. They built a nest, added eggs and then fed the babies as good parents do.
Olivia led friends in an Elsa (from Frozen!) game. There was dramatic singing, running and lots of fun! Many friends were involved and her excitement sparked enthusiasm from her peers.
The swing is always fun too!
Later in the classroom.... A Hopscotch How-To Guide
Ellie, Maren, Grace and Palmer went to the atelier to work on the instructions for the hopscotch game that is going to be gifted to the Hyde Addison children. In addition to adding details to how to play, they created instructional illustrations of hopping on the squares.
Here are the original instructions that the group was revising today:
Today's instructions had more detail:
"You have to throw the bean bag on one number on the board.
Then you jump to it: one foot, two foot, one foot, two foot.
You have to go to the finish line, turn around, then when it's your number you pick it (the bean bag) up.
If the bean bag lands somewhere that's not the finish line you still have to jump to the finish line."
Maren drew two illustrations: the first showed how to hop on one foot. First she drew the hopscotch but then she realized that the start of her hopscotch was at the end of the paper. She asked, "Where's there space?" To solve this problem she added a paper overlapping with her first and drew the person.
Grace drew a bird's eye view of how feet land on the squares. It was important to her that the feet were in shoes (because you play the game outside) and that she shoes were the same, or else "It would be mismatched and be confusing. And someone will forget if it's the same person". She used a thumb to help her draw. "I need someone's thumb. So I can make it look like a foot."
And finally, some info about a brand NEW area in the classroom... Creating a Board Game