February 28th, 2022
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Recently we introduced a new area to the classroom - the shadow area, which features a shadow puppet theater. Shadows and its properties have been fascinating the children in the Rainey Room lately. After investigating our own shadows outside we began to explore the possibilities of transformation deeper. We used our imagination to interpret shapes in different ways and to expand on our ideas further. The children began to develop characteristics and action connected with their ideas and to tell a story around a character they chose.
Creating and telling stories opens up opportunities to explore sequencing, consequence, creativity and context. It allows the children to explore and integrate new ideas, language, thoughts, feelings and narratives. Especially when developing a story together with a partner, we have to play close attention to them, their words and actions, engage with their ideas and at times also negotiate different ideas.
Once upon a time there was a little bunny named Hoppy. And then there was a woodpecker wo said “Hi” - Lily
This is not a woodpecker - Lucas
What is it? - Lily
It’s a face side head pecker - Lucas
And then a face side head … - Lily
Pecker! - Lucas
Pecker came and said “hi hoppy and then a lovely fairy came in and said “Hello, how would you like another character in your play?” “Oh, this is not a play” Hoppy said. “Well, do you want to have another friend?” “Sure” And Hoppy kept jumping up and down and up and down until another animal came in, Sharky. Sharky tried to eat Hoppy but Hoppy had a plan, he needed all animals. He yelled “Roger, Flodder” and then he yelled … what’s this called again (asking Lucas, holding up the "face side head pecker") - Lily
And now this is gonna eat the shark - Lucas
And then another nice animal came in and said “I’m gonna eat the shark for you”. And then the nice animal ate the shark. And then the shark had a plan to escape but he needed Hoppy. But he needed to be a bunny. He found best friend, Roddy. - Lily
*** Ines has to leave her spot in the audience to assist a friend
Can we stop the show? - Lucas asking Lily
Why? - Lily
Cause so Ines can watch. - Lucas
Okay. Lucas, your story telling is amazing! - Lily
Yeah! - Lucas
*** Ines returns to the audience
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Knowing that the school has its own symbol and accompanying stamp to represent that symbol, children began to wonder why the school didn't have its own mailbox?
One of the main ways children use their symbol stamps at school is to communicate with one another within the school community.
If the school now has its own stamp, should it also have a mailbox to encourage communication and message making to the school as well?
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This week the birthday committee, that focuses on taking care of the environment at St. John's, worked on multiple projects this week, from vacuuming to repairing broken artifacts around the school. We were busy this week!
Remy, Lily, Bea and Luke were excited to use the vacuum to clean the Middle Room, which they identified on our previous walk around the school as an area that would need some extra care.
"There's paper on the floor!" - Lily
It turned out, vacuuming is a 4 person job when you're making sure to not accidentally vacuum in the cord...
Did you know we have a large magnetic ball run in the hallway, right outside the Rainey Room? The children enjoy interacting with this ever changing installation daily. It was imagined, designed and created by a parent-teacher work group a few years ago and has inspired children to create intricate pathways ever since.
As part of our birthday committee work we decided to dedicate time to cleaning and redesigning the area. We removed and organized all magnetic items prior to washing the chalk board.
As we begin our day at St. John's, walking up the stairs to school, the children often stop and inspect, reflect on or discuss the clay number line next to the stairs, that counts up to the school's age (currently the last number is 24). Daniel noticed that the number 6 fell off and broke. We expressed concern about it an interest in repairing it.
"The six is broken! We need to fix it!"
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First, an area of the outdoor classroom has to be cleaned before the store can be set up.
It's too slippery. - Cate
So we have to clean it. - Lily
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