Today a small group of children chatted with Brown Room friend, Giacomo, about his experience going on a neighborhood walk. Giacomo shared that after their walk, the Brown Room children drew, "maps because they're for if you get lost."
When Giacomo was talking about a photo from his walk, Palmer noticed that it was taken by a sewer. He then shared that, "we saw a couple of sewers, we noticed that lots of leaves fell down there." We then shared some of our theories about why some sewer covers have holes:
Palmer, "Because the sewer is not that big."
Alexandra, "They're too big to fit together." (the hole and the squares on the cover)
We asked Giacomo if there was water near the sewer he saw and he replied, "Yes, in it."
We then began to hypothesize why there is water in the sewer.
Palmer, "Cause it rains a lot."
Fletcher, "It has water."
Finally we hypothesized about where the sewer water goes:
Palmer, "To a factory. To a treatment plant, it's called a reservoir where they take care of water and there are some castles there that have machines inside it."
Fletcher, "Down to the poop, by following the pipes."
Besides sewers, Olivia told Giacomo that she, "looked at a pumpkin because it was orange."
Giacomo said they also saw pumpkins on their walk. We asked if the Brown Room picked any pumpkins up because the Rainey Room had enjoyed exploring their weights.
Palmer noted, "We found a monster, a giant."
Giacomo said, "We didn't." (pick the pumpkins up)
Alexandra then told Giacomo about something we found interesting on our walk (magnolia seed pods).
Alexandra, "Palmer thought they looked like pinecones but they don't look like pinecones."
We asked Giacomo if he saw any of these and he did!
When asked if he thought if it was a pinecone he replied, "Maybe it's a pinecone."
After chatting with Giacomo and actively remembering our walk experiences the children took time to draw something from the walk. Palmer and Fletcher drew sewers, Olivia drew pumpkins, Alexandra drew magnolia seed pods and Lane drew flowers, a stick and a pumpkin.
Today we began our next studio project: centerpieces for the St. John's Thanksgiving celebration. The children worked to create leaf impressions in slabs and then roll the slabs into cylinders. The leaf impressions turned out beautifully but the children discovered that through the process of making the cylinder the very delicate impressions got damaged. So, we altered our original plans slightly and instead of using leaves, other items were used to make impressions. No matter what, we know these centerpieces will be lovely.
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Here are some other happenings from around the classroom today (hover for caption).