Building with Paper
Many thanks to Zeina for being our first mystery reader! She read "Theres No Such Thing as a Dragon" and "Horton Hatches an Egg." The children loved the surprise and both of the stories. We look forward to our upcoming mystery guest readers!
Pod A started with Backwards Day!
Snow Theories and Ideas
Following our discussion about winter yesterday, teachers asked children to illustrate their ideas about where snow comes from. One helpful resource we utilized was a book full of pictures of snowflakes up-close. We were very inspired!
Dakota drew a wintery scene complete with a Christmas tree. She said, “That’s the cloud, and those are the snowflakes.”
Maren drew a scene including her big sister and little brother Ford building snowmen outside while “the snow and the snowflakes” are coming down from the clouds.
Grace had a similar plan, making two drawings of snow falling on a house and a Christmas tree. She said, “Look, all the snowflakes, they’re flying.” We reminded her about her theory that rain and snow come from God. We asked her to draw the world where God lives. She said, “At God’s world, there’s puffy clouds. Heaven is another world. They’re up in heaven, that means up through the clouds.”
Aida had a specific detail she shared with us yesterday about being able to see the “frosty air” in the car on the way to school, so we asked if she would draw that scene for us. She said, “I’m drawing me in the car with mom and dad.” To show the cold air, she drew little squiggly lines inside the car, “like smoke”. We also reminded her about her idea that rain climbs up a ladder to the clouds. She drew that too, saying, “…Here’s the little rains dripping up. Drip, drip, drip.”
Fletcher had a memory from Story Bots regarding the cycle of rain and precipitation. He was able to recall how the droplets travel up, across, and back down. He said,” Here’s a droplet. It goes up to the clouds. (Points) This is where a plane goes.”
Melanie: “Is that the ocean at the bottom?”
Fletcher: “Yeah, it’s a little stream in the forest. This is the droplet going down, and this is the droplet going up! The water makes it float. It goes up in a straight line all the way to the clouds.”
Andy studied the snowflakes book very closely and was inspired to draw “a curly wind.” Then he drew three separate snowflakes, taking inspiration from specific pages of the book, paying close attention to the symmetrical patterns.