Other children will be living in our room? - Cate
It is true, our time in the Brown Room is almost over. But what will happen after the summer?
We're gonna move to a new classroom! - Cate
I think Rainey Room. - Wilder
As part of our transition and preparing for the end of the school year together, we introduced the children to the new, incoming Brown Room children. We learned their names and discussed observations we made about their photos.
Maybe some of them are my baby brother's age. - Cape
This one is very tall. They're not babies. - Wilder, pointing to Ellie's photo
I know her! - Cape, pointing to Louisa's photo
That girl's Andy's baby sister. - Daniel, pointing to Emily's photo
She looks like Bea. - Wilder, pointing to Ellie's photo
The children seemed to be very excited about the next part of their St. John's journey but also expressed a few concerns. Let's address those!
Will we bring the dragon costume?
Yes! Our dragon costume will move into Rainey Room with us!
I'm gonna miss my symbol when all the children come. - Daniel
Don't worry! We discussed that we will not only bring our symbols with us to Rainey Room but we will keep them all the way through Tucker Room!
What about the portfolio drawers?
Did you know that you will bring home everything in your portfolio basket at the end of the school year? And we will also start new portfolio baskets in Rainey Room.
Making messages for the incoming Brown Room children
To welcome the new children we are creating thoughtful messages for each of them, which they will receive as part of the New Parent Reception on Thursday, May 13th. For the messages, we are using a combination of languages, such as machine sewing, collaging and drawing. During this process we are reflecting on our favorite things at and about St. John's, the Brown Room and the outdoor classroom.
What should the new children know about being a part of St. John's?
What do we like to do in the Brown Room?
So far, in the messages, the children revisited materials and languages they explored in the past year, their experiences in the (outdoor) classroom, morning meetings and the use of symbols at St. John's.