Room 2 “building” activity: Children use ideas from a storybook containing blueprints in coming up with their home designs and decorations…
David: I’m drawing the remote.
David: …The T.V.
Monte: 40 inchers long (using the ruler).
Say-Say: It’s a bridge.
What is in your house?
Monte: A couch and a police car… I can only draw a lot of things when I am 5 years old!
August: I’m making a house. Now, I’m making a road.
The children of room 2 at the Thompson building are in the early stages of a ‘building’ project. For this, we opened up discussions about different buildings that the children were familiar with, how they might have been built, and who might have built them. We also briefly got into a discussion about how other things must be built as well, not just houses or buildings. In support of these discussions, the children were provided with a large surface in order to remember and draw different buildings or structures that they were familiar with. Their drawings will be re-visited as they grow in their work, hopefully leading to more discussions about design, blueprints, and a growing comprehension of the subject matter!
How are things built?
Samari: From God.
Jhari: With glue.
April: The paper at my house.
Samari: You know who builds the house?... Construction workers!
Samantha: Do they only build houses?
Samari: No, they build lots of stuff. My house is made of bricks.
Zion: Be a big city.
April: A house.
David: I know who made your own house… your mom and dad. My mom and dad built our house 2 years ago so it’s really old.
Layani: My house is made of bricks.
Ryan: Last year, I built a ford car by using my old tires. I just used my curves to hold it up.
Angel: My home and the car and the rocks.
Ryan: I made my dojo.
Ryan: *Drawing* So, follow me. So, you have to do the dots. They help me make designs. The writing helps you know how to do it.
Today, Room 2 continued their study of ants by looking through a book in order to observe the different parts of the insect’s body. As we observed and discussed, the children had the opportunity to create their own ants using clay. It was very interesting to hear what they had to say and how they made and applied the different parts. A lot of the children had trouble making the more fragile parts, like the legs, stay connected. So, we spent a lot of time talking about how to mold and blend in order to make the clay cohesive.
Angel: (looking at the ant pictures) His butt… his feet.
B: HE HAS THREE MAIN PARTS... SEE!
Angel: (lays clay creation next to picture in the book) It’s a spider!
Luis: I made a spider too!
David: Legs, head. We need a ball right now ‘cause he has that head. I can’t make a body.
B: WHAT… WHY!?
David: ‘Cause I can’t make that big ball.
Draymonte: That’s the middle.
Samari: This is my back. I’m looking at the ant body. I’ma make the arms!
S: WHAT SHOULD WE MAKE NEXT?!
Draymonte: The arms… the head goes on back.
David: (counts the legs on his clay ant) 1,2,3,4. I have 4 legs and I need one more.
Draymonte: I made two eyes. Now I got to make the legs. Look at my details!
Samari: I’m making mine like the ones in my house.
Room 2 went on a trip to BSA Life Structures. The kids loved the fish tank! We got to see some sample 3D models and even got our own 3D model of our Tiny Library outside. They showed the children around the office and had a table set up of an activity for the kids to do while we got to look at the tiny library on google earth! It was a great experience for all the kids!
Last week the children in Room 2 were able to collaborate with our architect friends and Mr. Stephen to construct the tiny library to be displayed outside our school. The children not only helped with the design but also assisted with using a giant saw to cut down pieces of yardsticks to use as the siding on our library. Drills, hammers, screwdrivers, wood glue, and paint were just a few materials that the children used. We can’t wait until our next build day to finish up final touches and install the library!
Room Two has been utilizing our outdoor space during this beautiful spring weather. We've used watercolors to paint our scenery, shadow drawings, and even tree bark crayon markings.
Room Two enjoyed investigating watercolors and salt using pipettes. The children observed how the colors would seep into the salt and create different color combinations.
"I made it look like a rainbow."-Ryan 4 years
"The blue and purple mixed together makes the purple darker."-Kayla 5 years
"It's making the salt sticky."-Eduardo 5 years
The children in Room Two were able to use their knowledge of building and use of tools to construct a playhouse with Mr. Stephen. We measured the pieces of wood with the measuring tape to make sure we had equal sizes for the walls. Eduardo especially enjoyed measuring EVERYTHING in the room and recording his findings. We then used a power drill to drill holes for the screws and screwdrivers to tighten the screws. For fun, we pounded on scrap wood with hammers and nails! After our playhouse was finished, the children decided it needed furniture. We have been busy discussing the types of furniture we would like to construct for our playhouse.
To go along with our building project, the students in Room Two had a Q & A session with our building expert, Mr. Stephen. Mr. Stephen is Ms. Sarah's husband who enjoys building in his spare time. The children prepared for the meeting by discussing what we would like to build with Mr. Stephen and then we voted as a class. The winning vote was to build a wooden playhouse for our block area. The children have been busy making design plans for their playhouses and we had a discussion with Mr. Stephen on what materials we would need and how to incorporate our designs. Later this week we start building! Stay tuned...
To go along with our building project, the children in Room Two have been collaborating with architects to build a tiny library for the Indianapolis community. We have been busy making our own sketches and discussing various materials we would like to use to build the tiny library. We've used tiles, wood panels, and gems to construct models. The architect team then took our ideas and plugged them into a computer design program for us to see a digital image of what the final product will look like. We are very excited to start building our tiny library!