We want to thank everyone for two weeks of incredible portfolio conferences! What a wonderful way to round out our year together in the Brown Room.
Today we want to share some photos from our week!
We went on a neighborhood walk
On Tuesday we explored the neighborhood around St. John's and made some exciting discoveries...
Images captured by the children
Thank you for reading to us, Diana!
Hugh's birthday committee and celebration
Hugh had three specific wishes for his birthday: collages of Blue Bear (his lovie), a fire truck and a race car. The birthday committee (Cate, Lily and Bea) worked hard on creating a collection of collages which were then combined in a large book.
That was such a fun day! - Hugh
Photography is taking pictures. - Jade
As we are wrapping up our year in the Brown Room we start to prepare for our Summer Research, which will focus on photography. The Summer Research is a way for us to connect our time in Brown Room and starting Rainey Room after the break. As a preparation, the children design their own "photo book" by choosing the color for their book and taking their cover own photo. For that many children "dressed up" their lovies for a photo shoot or arranged their favorite materials.
You will receive more detailed information about our Summer Research soon!
These are the children's cover photos - chosen, arranged and taken by them:
Thank you to everyone who joined us for portfolio conferences this week! We have really enjoyed being present with you and your children while they reflect on their work and share with you.
We're looking forward to next weeks meetings with the rest of our families.
Here are some photos of what we were up to in the Brown Room this week...
Thank you for reading to us, Megan!
Thank you for reading to us, Paige!
Homes for Forest Animals, by Jade.
Marbling with shaving cream & watercolors to create marbled prints.
Introduction to Photography / Using Cameras
Our first class neighborhood walk!
We brought the digital camera's on our walk to take photos of our findings.
Images captured by the children
Have a GREAT weekend!
Happy Portfolio Conference Week!
Since we will be part of the children's Portfolio Conferences in the afternoons, there won't be typical blog posts this week and next week. But on Fridays we will share a little recap of our week. Thank you for your understanding! We look forward to welcome you and your child to school soon!
But we don't want to leave you without anything today, so we thought we would share a few jokes the children told each other in the bathroom while washing hands today.
Question: Have you take the leaves to the movies?
Response: You haaaaave!
Cows go who?
No! Cows go Mooo!
Question: What starts with D and ends with M and has a bazillion letters in it?
Answer: The Post Office!
Have a fun-filled week!
Reflecting on yesterday's Classroom Stories Night
Since the children showed a great interest in experiencing Classroom Stories Night themselves as well, we decided to keep the set-up in Blake Hall just as is was last night. This morning, when the children entered school, they were first hesitant and a little confused - what was our dragon doing here in Blake Hall?
What the heck is it doing down here?
(spotting the dragon costume in Blake Hall) - Wilder
Maybe you (Ines) and Sam carried it down? - Bea
Maybe you guys brought it down for the parents to see! - Wilder
Their initial hesitancy quickly turned into curiosity and they began exploring the dragon costume and other displayed work up close.
In addition to exploring last night's set-up and their presented work, the children also had the pleasure of watching the videos we recorded last night. They absolutely LOVED hearing about last night and spotting their mommy or daddy under the dragon head and wearing the costume.
THANK YOU for your interest and participation! The children felt a strong sense of pride and joy seeing you interacting with their costume.
That was very cool! - Lucas
We are so happy that we were finally able to share our dragon with all of you! It has been an amazing three months! Now, that other classrooms have spotted the costume as well, we have already received requests for more information about it. Maybe we will plan a school parade for the future? We will keep you updated!
How to marble a cake ...
preparing the cake batter
Creating the marble pattern
In order to create a marble pattern we first had to alternate and layer the two kinds of cake batter. Then we used a knife as a tool to "swirl" the batters together.
Preheating the oven
Now that the cake was ready to get baked we consulted the back of the cake mix box for more information. We learned that the oven temperature has to get set to 350 degrees. Once the oven reaches the temperature the cake has to bake for about 20 minutes. Let's not forget to set a timer!!
I smell the cake in the oven. - Lucas
It smells goooood. - Frannie
Thanks to our fantastic bakers the cake turned out GREAT! We hope Vitor and Lucila will enjoy this delicious marble cake. We think it will look great on the plates as well.
You know it almost my birthday?
Me be 3 on my birthday! - Luke
Luke brought up the topic of his birthday over two weeks ago!
He has been patiently waiting for his school celebration ever since ...
Before snack, some children reflected on a typical Brown Room birthday celebration.
What should Luke expect to happen today?
We already made the present. So now we walk around. Walk around the table. - Jade
And then we blow out the candle. - Remy
Me do it! - Luke
Yes, you do it! - Remy
Luke opens the present. - Jade
(and) the birthday song! The Brown Room one. - Jade
When Luke was 0 years old he liked to ... Sleep!
When Luke was 1 year old he liked to ... Eat!
When Luke was 2 years old he liked to ... Run!
Luke is 3 years old and he likes to ... Open Presents!
After his celebration, Luke's mom, dad, and big sister Grace joined us in the outdoor classroom to be our special mystery readers.
Grace read the story, Put Me in the Zoo.
Thank you, Grace! You did an awesome job.
It's a toy. This toy isn't a kind that you play with it. You can't play with it, just me. You hang it on the wall and then you get it when you are sad or hurt. You will feel better.
Oh, you need a nail. You have to stick the nail into it. You can put a nail right here (round opening in the back of the piece). No, I need two nails. (Lily: Three nails!)
I put magic in it. If you break this toy, guess what will happen. It will break and the magic will fly out.
Throughout the school year we have used the birthday child's favorite color as one of the starting points for our present creation. Unfortunately Luke wasn't with us on Monday to tell us about his favorite color in person. We speculated that his favorite color would be blue but wanted to check if our guess was right, so we sent him a short video with our question;
is your favorite color blue?
Luke and his mom, Alicia, sent us their response, which confirmed our expectation: His favorite color is blue!
What does a T-rex need?
Finlay: A tongue!
Sam: What color for the tongue?
Daniel: Look! It’s red (showing Finlay and Remy his own dinosaur toy for reference and pointing out the tongue)
Remy: Can I cut? Here is the tongue! (cuts out a tongue using red paper)
Daniel: My tongue is inside of my mouth (considering the placement of the tongue on the T-Rex)
* Wilder and Hugh began filling a hole in the sandbox that Cape had previously been working on creating *
Wait, guys! I don't want you to bury the hole. - Cape
Why? - Wilder
Because I liked it. - Cape
But people will fall in it. - Wilder
How about you make the hole smaller? - Lily
How about we build a bridge over it. -Cape
The pipes are so nobody falls and hits the brick (buried in the hole). And it's like a little bridge so cars can drive over. The white pipes look like pipes, but they're car tunnels and bridges and cranes can lift the pipes so that I can check on what's down under.
I'm the fixer man for the hole.
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What could be better than starting the week with a Mystery Reader? And Finlay's mom, Camille, came prepared for a wonderful story time - we read a total of THREE books together!
Camille, thank you for being our fantastic Mystery Reader!
On Monday, Remy, Cate and Hugh explored the greeting hallway and light table provocation together with Jen. Fingers and a variety of loose parts were used to create images in sand. They also assisted Jen in sorting and organizing materials. Thank you for your help, friends!