Melanie: " Can I have a slice of pizza from your pajamas, Maxon?"
Maxon: "Noooo, haha, they're sewed on."
Sharing the slides and rainbow iMovie with the children
Thank you everyone for being a part of our night to share and present the children's work. It is impossible to deliver all of the moments but we aim to capture what captivates the children and sustains our learning.
We appreciate all of you and all you do for our Rainey Room!
Videos are still processing but will be on Seesaw by Monday.
Have a great weekend!
In no time the boxes became all kinds of fantastic creations. From Rocket Ships to dog houses, the building projects really took on a life of their own!
In addition to our time building with nontraditional materials, we enjoyed spending the day in our jammies, hanging outside and even playing a couple games with our Rainey B Friends! We wish everyone a safe Halloweekend and can’t wait to see you back on Monday!
"I wanted green because the stems are green. You need to do the middle in yellow" - Jack
We also had a chance to finish up our October pumpkins, gluing our stems to the top. George thought they would make fantastic additions to our classroom decorations and Jack, inspired by the project, made all kinds of Jack O Lantern messages for friends and family.
While the weather kept us inside, we certainly had fun. We built an obstacle course out of indoor materials such as a mat and carpet squares and played many games of “popcorn” on the parachute. We’re excited to see what tomorrow brings. Can’t wait to see everyone at Classroom Stories tonight!
After wishing our projects a successful bake, it was back up to the classroom where city building and messaging dominated most of the late afternoon.
Throughout all the independent play this week, the children have expressed interest in categorizing, sorting and negative space. For instance, in the above picture, George, CC and Violet carefully separated each of the vehicles first by color and then decided it was better to sort them based on their modem of movement (boats on water, trucks on road etc.). As for the negative space, particularly with building flat foundations and stacking blocks, Rainey A often builds around a space, leaving the a spot for a “long or short block” depending on the design. Brigitte and I hope to work these new interests into our intentions for next week! In the meantime, please enjoy this picture of collaborative dialogue as Rainey A problem solves how best to fit everyones "characters" into the narrative arc of their dramatic play.
Rainey Room B
Rainey Room's Recipe for Banana Bread
Friday was our first attempt at baking. Lucia brought in a family recipe and was so excited to share. While some friends went on an adventure to find rainbows (more on that next time), we stayed behind to make a surprise for them. We loved measuring, cutting, mixing and smelling our baked goods. The recipe, courtesy of the Keymer family, is at the bottom if you would like to give it a try. Here's our version:
"Cut the Bananas little" - Audrey
"I get a banana, peel it and cut it" - Maxon
"Make the bananas squishy" - Jane
"Get in there. Really get in there. It's soggy and funny. - Maxon
Pour it in - Lucia
We can't touch the oven, its hot - Jane
Rainey Room A: Aging and Glazing
Today we glazed our clay obstacle courses to prepare them for firing tomorrow. Meticulously each child glazed over each inch of the course to ensure it fires correctly. While doing so, some even took the time to reflect on the features they added:
George: Look at my slide for the racecar
CC: Ah that's my ball! It's rolling away!
Special guest performance by Lauren!
We enjoyed a lovely concert today thanks to Lucia's sister Lauren. As we learn more about music and musical instrument, we got the chance to learn more about a clarinet. We learned about pieces like the reed and mouth piece and how to put one together.
We thought about good questions with Melanie beforehand like what the instrument was made of. After the concert, we got to take a closer look at the clarinet. What a wonderful event. Thanks Lauren
Rainey A: Cakes and Community
We took Lochie’s advice and delivered half of our freshly baked lemon cake to Rainey Room B. We even had a chance to visit with them in their room for a little bit! Speaking of Rainey Room B, when we were out on the playground CC decided we should “make the house from Melanie again!”. Referring, of course, to the surprise that RRB left us in the middle of the obstacle course yesterday.
As for the rest of the day we enjoyed a wonderful singalong hosted by the Tucker Room and spent much time playing with the newly gifted doll house. Thanks Bailey family! Wishing you all the best this weekend. We hope you have a chance to soak up some of this gorgeous weather! Check back on Tuesday for more updates. :)
A day full of experiences and surprises!
What happened today?
Highlights from our full Friday:
"I want to go see the rainbows.
Wait... There's more!
What do you think it is?
Lochie: Decoration? Well maybe a house?
George: Yeah, a house!
CC: Let’s sit in it like this, come here!
Marley: Come here!
Elle: What is it? Are they sitting in it?
Speaking of, inside we added some more pieces to the project. In a discussion earlier this week we decided every good book has not just pictures, but words! For those interested today, we made time to practice writing some of the words to accompany our guidebook drawings.
We also spent some time today working on additions to our classroom decorations. Yesterday, George suggested that we should add "more ghosts and pumpkins" and CC suggested “we could sew one”. Today, we tried our hand at sewing some pumpkins. Look for pictures of our completed Rainey Room pumpkin patch soon!
Rainey Room B
Once we found our base, we searched for the perfect paper to manipulate. We had to practice being purposeful and thoughtful with our choices. Not just any paper would do. We methodically chose paper to work with. After much tearing, squishing, pulling, folding and crunching, we were ready to glue.
"I can't tear it." Jane
"I did it! Jane do this." - Cedar
"I did it. Cedar showed me." - Jane
"Yours and mine are different." Janie
"Mine has bumps. I'm making more (folds). - Lucia
The children's photographs are now pinned up above the mail boxes. Next comes a signature piece of work to be pinned below each child's photo. For this, we ventured into collage using primary colors and reflective materials. This was a preliminary experience that we will continue to build upon as we continue to explore color and invest in collage experiences. There is value in introducing a creative objective and taking our time to arrive at a finished creative product.
"It's beautiful!." -Sylvie
"What color is this?" -Jane
Acknowledging a Problem & Exploring Solutions
And in the blink of an eye, the message table became a beautiful mess!
What to do about this?
Questions relevant to the acknowledged problem::
How can we effectively work with so many materials layered and scattered?
How will others make messages if they want to?
Why are there so many scissors under paper?
Why are we cutting the letters?
Why is there so much paper?
What can we do with it now?
How can reuse the paper?
Message Center Turned Collage
Papers were sorted into color and tomorrow we will make "message center collages" to repurpose our bounty of paper cuttings.
Adding to the Obstacle Course