On Friday, we were able to walk to the canal. We watched them dye the water orange for the hurricane relief. We were also able to meet and shake hands with the Mayor.
Today, the children of room 1 at the Thompson building continued to investigate light… an interest born in the studio and fostered through continued classroom investigations. We entered a dark, almost pitch black room… where the children were quick to notice just how dark it was. They were provided flashlights to explore the room and the materials within. Conversation and collaboration were prevalent, as the children were eager to discuss their findings and the educators worked together to capture each moment! The following are the children’s conversations as they investigated the dark room.
Mal: We’re bigger… ‘cause it’s dark in here.
Micah: It’s dark in here.
Mal: Can everyone turn the lights off? I like the dark.
Mal: My feet are bigger.
Mal: ‘Cause of my shadow.
What’s that? Why?
Mal: It’s us.
Finley: It’s a circle!
Mal: I made purple… I turned the light on and put it right there and then it shined.
Finley: I don’t like the dark ‘cause she turned it off. I want all the colors!
Tony: It’s dark because we need the flashlight.
Kyren: No, ‘cause it’s hot… we need to blow it out.
What is hot?
Kyren: When you turn it on it bubbles. It’s gonna burn me. You see?!
Micah: Look, Ms. Juliana… I made pink!
Finley: That’s not pink… that’s purple.
Micah: Close your eyes.
Mic: ‘Cause you need to turn off your flashlight!
Kyren: Close your flashlight.
Arianna: I can see your shadow! Now I see yours Ms. Juliana.
Arianna: Yeah, now you make my shadow! You can when you shine the light!
Our class has been interested in maps ever since Austin found a "treasure map" on our canal walk last week! They have been looking for "clues" and noticing signs to point us in the right directions!
Room 1 has been investigating jobs that dogs have. We had a visit from a therapy dog named Cole, an 85lb Labrador Retriever from Love on a Leash!
It’s a cage. I need more doors so they don’t escape. They play in there. They don’t share toys. I took the ball away from one dog and gave it to another. I put this door here and this one here.
Miss, Shara, it’s longer! They happy. They like their new dog house. Let’s put this here so the dogs can slide down. This is the biggest dog house I ever got!
I made a hole for them so they can get out and get in. So they can pee!
This is the coolest thing ever!
(Jerry brings a few toy people over)
They can pay for some [dogs]. $3 please!
After a few of the children shared their experiences at Indy Hound, TJ and Christopher chose to build a doggy day care of their own.
They love it! They love their dog house. But they want a toy. This is gonna be so funny. (TJ)
Don’t get out doggy! (Christopher)
This is day care. They can walk by they own self. (TJ)
“Wahhh. I want my mommy!” It’s okay doggy. (TJ)
This is your toy. (Christopher)
They babies. They need to have toys. “Woof!” (TJ)
Miss Shara, the doggy’s hiding from us! (TJ)
This is his bone! (TJ)
FIRE FIRE! Miss Shara, I need a fire dog! This is the police doggies. We have to put out the fire and take people to jail. We need to build a fire station! (TJ)
WOOO WOO. It’s a fire truck! (Christopher)
My fire dogs is on my fire truck! (TJ)
Children in Room 1 are using various manipulatives to explore and build number sense!
Room 1 took a field trip to Indy Hound last week to pursue our curiosities about dogs!
The children of room 1 at the Thompson building have gotten a running start into their investigations of all things dog! To support these curiosities, a still-life of different doggy items were arranged to provoke observational drawing and discussion.
What do we have here?
Aviel: I see a doggy (observes picture on a bag of treats)!
Geo: I made the doll (toy), the doggy treat cup (dog bowl), and the ball, and this, and that food!
Austin: Bone. And dog, and dog’s mouth and his nose.
Aviel: I made the doggy and the bone and his bed and the ball.
Zeke: I made the ball and I made the food. And I made this too (bed).
Chris: A toy to play with.
TJ: For dogs.
Chris: ‘Cuz they don’t have toys.
TJ: They do too have toys!
Chris: No, like these ones!
Kay’Lyn: They play.
TJ: They eat like us and drink water.
Kay’Lyn: They have this food so they need to eat.
Shawnyee: Got dog treats and rubber bands.
Samari: Yeah, and a ball and this doggy bed.
Aiden: Doggy food too!
Aiden: This (leash) is so people can hold doggies.
Samari: Yeah, it’s a belt.
Aiden: So they don’t get lost.
Shawnyee: And this (bed) so they can take rest and get some sleep.
Samari: I eat doggy stuff. It taste like Roofus(?).
Why do dogs need these things?
Zeke: ‘Cuz they need to eat and catch balls.
Austin: They play and they eat.
Geo: My dog Luna likes them. She’s up in heaven. She was tired and she was walking and she went out the door and her legs were tired and so she fell down and a car ran her over.
Number and dogs are the topics of conversation within our classroom. Some students chose to do observational drawings in the Atelier as part of our project work on dogs. While others chose to work on numeracy with tens frames and loose parts. Everyone had a good time though!