The children are very familiar with the process that the persimmon tree will go through since they have been observing it for two years. They know that the fruit is green (mostly) now, and it will transition to orange. They also know that the persimmons will ripen and we will be able to eat them (e.g. Rainey Room did a bit of baking with them last year).
When it is orange, we can pick them and then we make a smoothie - Janie
Or we can make a pie out of them. - Elle
Or cake. - Lochie
Or we can just eat them plain. - Maxon
Or we can make bread. - Nora
How are we going to know when they’re ripe?
When they’re orange. - Elle
How are we tracking these persimmon transformations?
The children's ideas and knowledge have centered quite a bit on the color of the persimmons, the amount of time this progression (transformation) will take, how we observe the process, and what we can do with them.
In one of our initial conversations on 9/27, they shared a few theories about how long it will take for the persimmons to ripen and fall:
"They start small and grow bigger, and keep growing bigger until they're that size, and then wait, wait, wait, for a few years or more." - Giacomo
"It keeps going in summer, and when it's not winter and fall, and then it stops and it stays that. You can't eat them. They keep growing, and you can eat them. Then they fall." - Sylvie
"Maybe in a week or two the persimmons will be ready, and we can make something." - Nora
How will we watch this transformation happen?
"We watch every time we come outside, and I think every day there is a little more orange." - Sylvie
"When we go outside, but I don't know how we could watch them on the weekends." - C.C.
"We could just get through those days, and then see how they change through the weekend, and then guess on the next day after." - Sylvie
"We can do a camera on them." - C.C.
"We could make a camera." - Maxon
Paying close attention to color
"I want to paint the persimmon." - Violet
We've also been using observational drawings to pay attention to the details of the persimmon, particularly the color. The children quickly noticed that the bottom had turned orange with a brown (maybe blue?) spot. After some observation under the microscope, they determined that it was brown.
There is much more to come! Stay tuned!
If you have any feedback from our parent morning last Friday, please let us know! Is there something that your child shared with you about the classroom, or a specific area of the classroom that you might be willing to share?
What have they been talking about at home regarding our work here in the classroom? We always want to hear about the dialogue happening at home!
We hope that you all enjoyed it, and we look forward to planning other events like that one.