Did You Say, Rats?
Preparing for Our Research Field Trip to the Public Library
"What does the word research mean?" -CC
"I know what it (research) means. It means like study a thing.
What Questions do You have about Rats:
What are we wondering about? What more do we want to know about rats?
"I don't even know if they (the library) have study books,
SOME PRIOR WORK:
Engaging the Imagination through the languages of Dramatic Play and Construction
"Why do we need a doctor's office?" -Jack
"It's because we were playing rat doctor and we didn't have a doctor's office. So we were going to play rat doctor inside the doctor's office after we make it." -Sylvie
"My answer is, but when we build the rat doctor how big could it be?" -Maxon
"I already told you guys. So I already told you guys so all the people who are playing rat doctor can fit in at the same time." -Sylvie
Rats on Leashes
We were so excited to be back together. For morning meeting, we had one of our gatherings at the low table with drawing and collaging. Before we gathered at the table, we asked them about what they did over spring break, and many of them had fantastic stories to tell. At the table, they began to draw and collage their memories!
We are still collecting some of their ideas in writing about these pieces.
"We could make a book [of our memories]." - Nora, 5.6 years
Nora, 5.6 years
Snapshots from a lengthy morning meeting about the door bell, iPad, electricity, movement of electricity, sound waves, the movement of sound, the sun and its gas, solar panels, solar energy, volcanoes, fire and ice, the formation of islands, and more.
Rainey Room left us the gift of a big hole in the sandbox! What's inside? **hint: NOT rats!**
Happy Spring Break!
Rat Washing and Spring Cleaning in the Sunshine
"The rats need cleaning so they don't have to be washed again. ...
Whipped cream on my rat!" -Nora
Soak Up Some Sunshine! Happy Spring Break Everyone!
So many ideas!
Today was a beautiful and busy day in Tucker Room! All of the children were enthusiastic about the work and materials! Many of them made their first plan and then shifted to self-initiated projects!
Washing the rats!
There are some new rats in the Tucker Room! We ordered some rats, some plush and some plastic, and we discovered that our plastic ones were "funky" (to quote Elle). So, today we gave them a bath! They really did smell MUCH better after their baths. We'll also be bathing them during backwards day for any children who did not get a chance to do it!
"I want to make a crown with jewels." - Nora, 5.4 years
"We're making bears. Do we have paper for mulch?"
"I don't want a rat to be in a hamster wheel... because they're too big! Rats are bigger and mice are smaller and mice like cheese and rats like bugs." -Nora
"Rats can actually get way fatter than mouses! There tummy, their head, their tummy can get as big as a mouse." -Giacomo
"Like it ate a mouse?!" Nora
"The thing is that... I'm pretty sure that rats run slower because they're heavier. Heavier things make things go slow so, if I'm like just as big as my finger I can go fast!" -Giacomo
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Marley's initial sunset idea.
Our next day of work was dedicated primarily to the sunset, but they also worked on grass and flowers. In the back right corner you can see the grass from Tucker Room 2019-2020. CC also asked if she could join the committee, so our threesome became a very collaborative foursome.
"Is this looking like a good sunset?" - Reed, 4.11 years
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"I wanna add this [flower]. Reed's [flower] is amazing." - Marley, 5.0 years
"I love it so much!" - Janie, 5.0 years
"Maybe St Johns made the cake!" -CC
What a wonderful 25th birthday celebration for St. John's! There has been a lot of emotional anticipation and momentum of work leading up to this day. The children have invested in the preparation and meaningfulness of the event from the start and today they were able to share in the joy of this memorable event. We, in Tucker Room, will continue to work toward creating a final portrait of St. Johns as we savor our remaining days together, this year. Thank you to all of you for your presence and participation. We could not do it without your help, your hands, and your hearts! Here's to St. John's and all of us! Cheers!!
"It (the celebration) was fun. " -Maxon
Just as we asked "What is night?", we wanted to ask, "What is day?" The idea that the white area is day has continued to be a part of each conversation about the black and white areas. The decision was made to approach it just as we did our initial small groups about night. Tray painting was provided, and all of the questions we asked about night were presented about day. e.g. "What does day look like?; How do you know day has started?; etc.
We flipped these questions from our night small groups to reflect day.