In today's blog post we would like to focus on some of the small moments that happen throughout the day that make our Brown Room so very special...
A firetruck song
My mommy knows
a fire truck song!
Our Bubble Sink
It makes that sound. The pipes.
Not only do we love to clean up and use the sink in the outdoor classroom but also in our classroom. Even though our sink it is a "grumbly sink" (due to the older pipes in the building the sink in the Brown Room has a pump underneath it to support proper drainage) we learned to love it. Being a bit suspicious about the sink at first, Lucas is now washing his hands by himself, unfazed by the grumbling sound of the sink. Now he also enjoys his snack alongside his peers at the big table in the studio. We are so proud of you, Lucas! Working on self-confidence, ability to communicate emotions, perseverance, self-assurance, and independence are big areas we are focusing on in the Brown Room.
The studio is the place where we work on special art and material exploration and also have our snack. That means we have to clean up together before we can eat. When it's time to clean up the children are a big part of washing the used materials and wiping down the table. After snack each child independently brings their plate to the sink and drops it into the "bubble sink" (a plastic container filled with water and soap). We are also working on "portion control" or the question "How much soap do I need?". Hand washing, during which the feeling of the smooth soap on our hands is being explored, is a Brown Room favorite. Especially Daniel enjoys to clean up dishes and other materials and to wash his hands. He frequently reminds the rest of the Brown Room that one pump of soap is enough for our hands. Thank you, Daniel!
It's coming off. See. I only use one pump. - Daniel, cleaning chains in the sink
More spray. More spray right here. - Cape, wiping down the table
Today, after working on Michael's birthday present, Daniel and Cape helped cleaning up materials and tables and getting the studio ready for snack time. Caring for and valuing our environment as well as taking ownership are further focus points in the Brown Room right now.
Toad and the Rainy Room
We are also starting to make connections to the St. John's school community. Every morning, after we hang up our cubby bags we make our way down the hallway to the bathroom for potty breaks and hand washing before we enter our classroom. Someone we never forget to greet and sometimes give a little hug and squeeze (or flying lesson) is Toad. Toad sits right outside of Rainy Room on a little shelf and he (or she?) feels "Squishy" (Hugh). We are so grateful that our friends in the Rainy Room share Toad with us.
One, two, three, jump. - Wilder, flying Toad high up in the air