Rainey A- Cookies for Kurt
Wow! Can you believe it’s Winter Break already? My, how time flies! In the spirit of the Holidays, today Rainey room spent the day making a gift for Kurt Ellison, the Parish Director. A week ago, we planned that Rainey B would make a plate and Rainey A would bake the cookies. After some thought, we decided chocolate chip cookies were the way to go. As George put it “mmmm that’s my favorite”. No other cookie got George’s stamp of approval!
We also sent home some homemade paper cards today. For the past month, Rainey Room A has been exploring the moon, particularly the relationship of the light of sun and the darkness of the moon. As we brainstormed how to add “light” to our handmade paper suns, we decided as a class adding something shiny and sparkly might reflect some of the classroom's natural light, illuminating our paper moons. This holiday season, Rainey A has put together Sun cards for you! Using paper pulp and our shiny sunshine additions, each child pressed and decorated an individualized sheet of homemade paper with the intention of bringing a little light home for the break.
We’ve also sent home a small home exploration: The Moon Journal. The moon journals are intended as a space where the children can document their moon sightings, family holiday traditions or just about anything else they would like to share. We couldn’t be more excited to share them when we’re all back together in January.
Enjoy the pictures of our hot chocolate party below!
From all of us in Rainey Room A, Happy Holidays!
Rainey A- Our Birthday Gift Tradition
Given that today was a short day for explorations in the classroom, Brigitte and I thought we would take this opportunity to share about our birthday gifts on the blog. So far we’ve had three birthdays (CC, Lochie and Elle) and following St. John’s tradition their peers have met and prepared a gift for each and every one of them. So what is Rainey A’s birthday gift?
For CC, Marley and Lochie chose to represent her favorites: the zebra , the color pink and a golden bracelet that Marley made for her. Lochie’s features a deconstructed giraffe, the color blue and letter beads spelling his name. Elle’s is a composite of her favorite color, blue, and one of her favorite classroom items, glass crystals. For each, the birthday committee interviews the birthday child about their favorite things and then goes to the Tucker closet to select items that represent their answers.
We can’t wait to see what the birthday committee selects for Marley’s February birthday! Please enjoy pictures of the birthday committees constructing the gifts below. :)
Happy Birthday Melanie!
Today, Melanie is a year older. We celebrated her birthday today before chapel. She loved her amazing tree of cards. Special thank you to Carola, who helped organize this lovely gift. We love and appreciate you!
After our birthday celebration its time for Chapel! Our job was to ring the bells and lead the moment of silence. We really enjoyed Molly's book today, almost as much as we liked saying hello to everyone!
After Chapel and snack, Kim Keymer and Lucia shared their holiday tradition, The Night Tree by Eve Bunting. We learned about the Solstice and animals hibernating in the winter.
Kim and Lucia were kind enough to prepare popcorn and cranberries so that we could make our own garland to take home. We practiced our sewing and made gorgeous garland to share at home. Lucia explained how she makes the garland at home and led us through the activity.
"The bag is for taking them home. If it breaks, that's ok. There's a lot in the bag!- Lucia
Everyone, be careful. The bottom is sharp. I can do it. - Lucia
Popcorn, cranberry, popcorn, cranberry, popcorn, cranberry. I did it right. - Giacomo
Look how long it is - Jane
Rainey B : MAKING A CLOUD
"The clouds are blocking the sun." -Giacomo.
"The rainbows gone. Oh no! ...Behind the rain clouds." -Maxon
Melanie asked the children, "What if we had a cloud? What if there was a cloud here (pointing in the direction of the window and ceiling)? ... What if we made a cloud?" Today we took on the creative challenge and let the snowfall inspire us.
"It was snowing and we made a snow cloud." -Giacomo
"A snow cloud of white puffy things." -Maxon
"This can wrap around here..." -Giacomo
Then comes the chicken wire to help give our cloud more structure and form.
What followed was an awareness of two separate cloud parts: the wire frame and the chicken-wire armature. The idea followed to connect the two. How to do it?
Use a thinner gauge, lighter weight wire, in a thread like way, to attach the chicken wire "cloud bumps"to the wire frame. By the end of the day, we had a completed cloud structure! It just needs to be filled out with "white puffy things."
"We went up and down on the cloud."
Stay tuned for more on our cloud!
Happy Birthday to Elle! Yesterday we celebrated Elle’s 4th Birthday! We enjoyed delicious macarons and listened to Elle’s mom read us the story of swan lake over zoom! Afterwards Lochie presented Elle with her gift, a beautiful window hanging full of her favorite color blue and many light catching crystals. Wishing you all the best in this 4th year, Elle!