During Morning Meeting we investigated a new world map. The children spent time noticing similarities and differences from the world map we talked about yesterday and the new one we presented today. Some children came to the studio to explore different maps and draw their own. This new learning thread is VERY exciting and emerged because of our conversation yesterday about Chinese New Year. Most children were unfamiliar with the holiday and though they often hear Andy talk about China, Melanie brought out a map to help deepen their understanding. Melanie's fast thinking coupled with the children's interest has potentially opened up a new learning thread for the pod.
Olivia, "We were making the whole city. We were drawing the places where people live. I looked at some maps when I was drawing."
Yesterday Andy talked to the class about the Chinese New Year decorations. Today he worked with Oliver and Melanie to hang some. Later, Grace and Aida also had a turn helping decorate the classroom. Andy is VERY excited about the holiday and his enthusiasm is sparking interest amongst the group. Nan will join us on Zoom to explain more next week.
Olivia, "We were putting on New Year's decorations. Andy brought us the decorations. His family celebrates Chinese New Year. The decorations are really pretty. I like that they have little tags on them and fluffy bits and sparkly."
Special Mystery Reader!
Olivia,"We're eating snack. We had Melanie's mom and she was the Mystery Reader. She showed us some books." (She showed us some pictures of Melanie in preschool) "She was on the playground and the teacher was holding her."
Last week, after we had a long conversation about the sun, we decided to write Rainey Room A, since they are doing a lot of work about the sun and the moon. Today we got a letter back from them and it was very exciting. We'll write them back next week.
Olivia, "We found a card from Rainey A. The card was about the about the Earth and the Moon. We're gonna send another one back."
Lane, “Jill teaches us a trick and so you put water on your piece of paper and then you can put whatever color and then you just put a drop of paint on it and it spreads. I liked it. And you know what the best color that spreaded the most?... the green, the dark green. Gigi stayed at the watercolor for the most longest time.”
Lane, "Me and Cannon and Nora were in the light table and we were planning to make a Valentine’s Day party."
Lane, "And then we went to construction and Cannon built some secret passageways."
Lane, "During snack we had Mystery Reader, Melanie’s mom. The computer was a little too high for me to see so Jill put it lower down. I liked how important the stone was in the one of the books."
Lane, "Gigi did some glazing. She used green for her pinch pot and black for her kitten."
Lane, "We didn’t have an hour but we went outside at the very end of the day. Me and Gigi made up a little song, a new song, about Valentine’s Day."