The Dancing Rainbow Bears created a magical classroom map in the studio today. Addie and Riley focussed on our morning meeting area. “I have to make sure I have all the X’s” -Riley “There’s more colors than just blue on the carpet.” -Addie “I did it! I made a triangle on the light table.” -Riley
Consuelo made sure everybody’s cubby had all their belongings inside. Elsie included her mom & dad picking her up from school, and “bouncing out the door”. “Letters are in the cubbies.” -Elsie “Look, I’m adding all the rainbow colors. These are rainbow cubbies!” -Consuelo
There is so much beautiful detail in the Bear’s map of their classroom. You can tell this space is special to children. We can’t wait to see what the Bears add to their map tomorrow.
The Sparkly Rainbow Whales have continued their work around designing and creating. Over the past few days children have been invited into the builders workshop. Children have been given the challenge to take their 2D design they made of a structure that they believe could withstand an avalanche and make it into a 3D structure.
“Well I need an inside and I want my house to be a circle because that will be really strong and won’t break with the snow. I think I will use some of these pipe cleaners!” -Tommy
“I will need all these blocks. The red and yellows ones are the super strong steel and the blue and green ones are the water because those together are what make things strong and stable!” -Greta
“I will use these blocks as bricks and make lots and lots of them on top of each other. See it will be pretty tall like in my picture.” -Maxwell
“There is a Druin and purple fire in here so when the snow comes the purple fire will just melt the fire away and the Druin will turn it into stones. See here are the stones outside protecting the house.” -Leo
Children continue to experiment and try a variety of materials as they work to make their structures strong and stable.
In the studio today, the Sparkly Rainbow Whales found paint and cars!
“Wait a minute, we can drive these cars in the paint?” -Colton
Children were excited to practice making marks and mixing paint with toy cars. They rolled and zoomed the cars through the paint and then did the same on their paper to see what types of design they could create.
“When I kind of bounce the car like this it makes little dots which are different than when I zoom it around like this!” -Lilly
Children also enjoyed painting at the easel where an elaborate story about a spider and a blob took place.
“This black blob isn’t being so nice to the other blobs so we can send the spider to capture him in its web!” -Archie
“Oh yah! See all these lines right here that is the spider casting its web everywhere!” -Rowan
Children also engaged with ice, liquid watercolor and salt.
“The salt is making the ice all bumpy. I like how when I add the color it goes into the middle of the ice now.” -Hanna
This morning at the beginning of outdoor explorations, the Bears and Whales read Let’s Build a Clubhouse, by Marilyn Singer, where the characters of the story explained how different tools work as they build a clubhouse. This read aloud time prompted the beginning of a new part of “tool talk,” where children are transitioning from the inquiry stage of exploring tools without teachers explaining how they work to actually learning how to use them. Children will be invited to the tool bench to learn about the practical uses of the tool they sketched, described and asked questions about already. Today, it was hammer time, and children learned that there are different types of hammers and nails in addition to learning how to safely use a claw hammer. The following thoughts were expressed while enjoying hammer time:
“The claw will help you get it out!” – Colton
“Oh, I love hammer time!” – George
“Ah, this is sooo easy!” – Tommy
“The nail is almost down! I got it all the way down!” – Addie
“Ah, this is sooo easy!” – Tommy “The nail is almost down! I got it all the way down!” – Addie