We appreciate you understanding our blog "pause" last week while we spent our afternoons finishing the work that was shared with you at Classroom Stories Night.
We hope that you all enjoyed yourselves and that you can now appreciate the children's current interests and work on an even deeper level!
St. John's Book Fair
The theme for this year's Book Fair is "Beauty Through the Eyes of Children."
Children find beauty in the overlooked - a discarded bottle cap, a dandelion, a small spark - and their interest gives these things meaning, making them beautiful. The same applies to every area of our life, where intention and curiosity open our eyes and hearts. Beauty, both innate and cultivated, pierces the human soul more than anything else. Yearning for meaningful connection and community, we want to focus on the beautiful - in our stories, relationships, nature, even the hidden things.
To retell what "beauty" is from the inside out.
Beauty is Relationships. Beauty is Exploration. Beauty is Creativity. Beauty is Joy.
Beauty is Nature. Beauty is Knowledge. Beauty is Connection.
Beauty is Tradition. Beauty is Confidence. Beauty is Rhythm.
Work Taking Place in Tucker Room:
In all of the classrooms (including KW), children have recently been involved in work to help prepare for the book fair.
They are very excited for the upcoming event!
With both confidence and eagerness that comes as no surprise for our group of Tucker Room children, they took on the challenge of preparing centerpieces for the tables at the Book Fair without hesitation.
What do we know about?
Similar to years past, at the book fair you will find various tables filled with different books that have been intentionally selected and divided into different "categories".
As the Tucker Room, we volunteered to be in charge of three different categories and to create table decor representing our understanding of each of the words above... through the eyes of children.
What is a relationship?
Like your friends. And when you love somebody. - Hugh
Talking. Having a conversation with somebody. - Cape
Also you can show your love by playing with somebody.
You have fun and you’re friends. Like me and Wilder. - Hugh
Maybe like . . . I know what material could make me feel like that! Crystals!
[It will make me feel like] a relationship or something because crystals are very rare and special. - Hugh
If I drop this (crystal) in, at the book fair it will shine. My hands are coming in handy. - Cape
What is confidence?
Like, not scared. - Finlay
Like when you’re doing something. - Cape
Like hopeful maybe? Confidence that you can do it. - Finlay
Not being scared. - Lily
When you’re happy. - Jack
It means something’s cool. - Luke
Like a superhero. - Cape
Yeah, like Spiderman. - Finlay
They save people. - Michael
Every superhero uses a cape. It helps them fly. So then if it’s the emergency they can fly fast.
If you’re a superhero you can use your superpowers to fight bad guys so you won’t be afraid. - Finlay
They have masks and they don’t like to have bad guys sneak up to eat them!
And they can stay warm and sleep in their masks. - Jack
He use it (the shield) to only block stuff and hit stuff with his shield.
To protect. Like a mask. They help people. - Michael
I made a hole power. It makes bad guys fall into a hole. It needs two shields to block his whole body so something cannot hurt his body. They are not afraid because they’re brave and they save people. - Saul
What is knowledge?
Brain. - Finlay
Scientists. Knowledge means finding things and figuring it out.
And scientists study things to try to learn more. - Hugh
People that do science are smart because they create new things. - Finlay
Smart is (you) know where things are. - Cape
The Centerpiece: Knowledge
The brushes are because scientists use brushes with the rocks to dig up dinosaur bones. - Hugh
They use magnifying glasses for looking. - Wilder
For looking closely at what your eyes can’t see. - Hugh
The bones are from real animals and they’re really cool to learn more about real animals. - Wilder
Scientists use these (volume containers) to put dinosaur blood in it to test if it’s real and to make dinosaur DNA to see if they can make it back alive. There’s blood because science is knowledge and scientists who find dinosaur blood can use that to mix up the DNA or something. - Hugh
DNA is like dinosaur stuff. Right, Hugh? Like blood? Blood is through bones.
We learn about it to see what it looks like. - Luke
The microscope can look at DNA. DNA is like what we are. Like, it’s inside us. It makes us. - Hugh
We cannot wait to make lots of new discoveries at our Book Fair as we browse the beautiful selection of stories available to us.
We will see you there!
October 24th - 28th, 2022