February 02nd, 2023
January has been all about
SHARING in the Tucker Room ...
SHARING FAMILY TRADITIONS
Michael and his family shared not only their tradition of how they celebrate Lunar New Year at their home but also special envelopes as a gift for the new year, the year of the RABBIT. In the classroom we created beautiful decorations, such as lanterns and intricate cutout patterns in red and gold, for the celebration at school.
Since Winter Break we got to welcome THREE amazing Mystery Readers in the Tucker Room!
Thank you to Melissa (Cate's mom), Dan (Lucas's dad) and Victoria (Frannie's godmother) for sharing your silly, magical and impressive stories with us!
SHARING KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE
We were happy to have Willoughby, Wilder's mom, join us for an Expert Talk this week as she kindly shared one of her building models with us. It was impressive to see a real building in such a small scale. We even found little people to show the buildings proportions, entrances for people, cars and delivery trucks, we inspected the landscape design in the courtyard and how the roof of the building can be used for different purposes. Did you know, you can put a pool on the top of a building?
SHARING "SEE YOU LATER" GIFTS
Today we had to say a (temporary) good bye to our good friend Jade, who will travel to Africa together with her mom and dad for a month. We will miss her dearly but at the same time are just beyond excited for her! We can't wait for Jade to share all her amazing adventures and discoveries with us soon.
This week, the children worked together on creating a very special binder for Jade to bring with her on her travels. The binder is equipped with lots of room to save treasures like rocks and shells that she might find, a notebook for her to document all the special moments and a photo album filled with photos of her friends and teachers and extra space for photos from her trip.
When observing Malawi's location on the globe compared to Washington D.C., Luke noticed "It's half and half. It's actually further than you think". Despite Africa being far away from school, we will follow Jade on a map of Africa on her trips to Malawi ("My dad has a work trip there" - Jade), Tanzania ("See my aunt and uncle" - Jade), and Eswatini.
Jade, we love you and hope you will have SO MUCH fun on your trip!
We will see you again soon!
SHARING SPACES IN OUR COMMUNITY
Our second Tucker Room field trip was a huge success! Together we got to visit and explore the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.. After an exciting bus ride on the circulator bus from St. John's to the building museum, we explored the "house and home" exhibit, which reminded many children of one of their all-time favorite plans in KW ("This is just like small world!"). We found models of imaginary homes, like doll houses and real homes, like the Willis Tower in Chicago. Especially the model of Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright, inspired many children to draw connections to our Tucker Room project, the Connected House. We spotted bridges, stairs, (covered) pathways and driveways that connected different spaces in the multilevel home.
After the first exhibit we had a blast constructing in the museums Play, Work, Build spaces. The soft small and large blocks inspired us to collaboratively create "tornado homes", water systems, beds, roads, the capitol building, moats, rocking chairs, tunnels, and much more.
We want to say a huge THANK YOU to all our chaperones who made this field not only trip possible but extra special! We truly could not have done it without you and we appreciate all your support.
Here is to an exciting February in the Tucker Room!
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