It's easy but it was kinda hard when you turn it. - Lily
Cleaning and redesigning the school's ball run
Don't look at this loop-dee-loop surprise! - Remy
Once the board was all clean and dry, Remy, Bea and Lily used the ball run materials, such as tubes, pipes or gears, to create their own ball run design. Their idea was to keep it a surprise for everyone else in the school. Among other things, during this process they explored the properties of movement, consequence, directionality, speed, gravity ("They keep falling down!" - Remy) and sequencing ("It goes up and then it spins." - Lily).
Then when it comes back, there's a loopy (adds a spinning gear to the end of a pipe) and (...) then four more spins. And then it's gonna get a spinny spin. - Lily
Ooh! It's gonna be so exciting! - Remy
The children took great pride in creating a unique surprise for the school and the people inside the school. This interactive creation was immediately noticed by other classrooms in the school. As Tucker Room walked down the hallway, passing the ball run, they noticed the changes and engaged with the new set-up.
Rainey Room did it. They cleaned it. For the school's birthday. - Sylvie
This is my favorite! You have to drop 6,8,12 balls and then they fall down. But you have to pick them up. - Remy about her ball run/ball drop design
We need to clean the outside, too. It's so sandy! - Cate
The birthday committee works happens throughout the day, often spontaneous, as the children's awareness of their surroundings is growing. Cate and Remy took the initiative to sweep the platform in the outdoor classroom. Thank you!
What does repair mean? Maybe fixing it. - Daniel
How do you make a number 6? - Daniel
While exploring ideas on how to create the needed shape out of clay, Daniel reflected on some of his previous experiences with clay. "I did it with, I just rolled it" - Daniel, remembering the coiling technique he used to shape a femur/thigh bone.