As you know, we have been focusing on relationships. Initially our focus was on building community and getting to know each other and the Brown Room. This week we have expanded into community spaces. Today, the last 5 Brown Room friends went to explore/experience the hall and Middle Room . What we noticed about relationships during today's experience was that the children, though new to St. John's, are empowered in their ownership and curiosity of the school. They opened cabinets, helped themselves to materials from a variety of places and interacted with other members of the St. John's community.
The children's relationship with the school could also be heard in their conversation.
There is a phone in the Middle Room, and it rang this morning while we were playing in there:
Oliver said, "I think Oliver will get it."
Brooke responded, "Oliver, you don't need to get it."
Oliver replied, "I think Melanie will get it."
Directing his speech to the still ringing phone, Oliver said, "We're coming."
This fleeting moment, demonstrates the power of the relationship that Oliver is building with the school. He feels completely within his right to entertain the idea of answering the phone, but also understands the boundary. He never went to the phone to actually try to answer it, but felt it was reasonable to inquire about.
Snack time is always about relationships but today even more so because the Kids' Workshop friends made us some delicious muffins. It was such a treat!
We also used snack time to talk about how Alexandra is joining the class next week. Grace, Fletcher, Lane and Emilia had worked in the classroom on making some cards for her, to ensure she feels welcome. After snack, Wolf made her one too.
Continuing to expand our relationships beyond the preschool, we visited the church to hear the organ. Exploring a new space together, some of the children were a bit nervous given the organ music and the dark, empty space.
Jessica snapped some photos from the balcony of us leaving:
We will continue to explore beyond the preschool walls and around St. John's deepening relationships with the larger St. John's community and facility.