Friday April 16
We get to the classroom early to start laminating the ZooBook and getting the bird feeder project set up.
Once kids start arriving, a few are invited right away to go play outside, dig up worms and build a bird feeder. Beth is outside with those projects, I am inside with the rest of the kids. There is brown play-dough set up, a station to modge podge. They have a soiree coming up where they auction off items to parents the children have made. The items Frances' class will sell are vases with cut out tissue paper glued on. The first child to arrive is Quinn, he didn't come to the zoo, so he was kind of tentative getting used to me. He soon warmed up and worked on the vase. Lucia worked on the vase as well. She is very quiet and answers quietly to any questions I ask. She works quietly, then everyone moves on. I asked her what color the tissue papers were, "this is yellow" I hold up another "Green, dark green" and "green". She knows and differentiates darker blues and greens from their lighter counterparts.
When the accordion doors open up the kids move on to new things. Both Henry's are washing and drying clothes. Henry Decker puts the clothes in the washing machine first, knowing this is the right step to take. They look around for soap, asking for soap. The classroom has little tiny jugs filled with water and a tide "label" to use.
Lucia is at the table and starts to set it with forks, knives etc... Soon she sets out food, hot dogs and tacos. I ask Max if he likes tacos. He answers "no... they are too spicy"
Soon Natalie (student teacher) turns on the music and gets some kids to start dancing. Some kids just stare at her. Others start banging drums (Henry Decker) and dance with her (Abbie). Quinn and Brenna dance with streamers.
I notice Jack is very quiet and ask if he is sleepy. He says no but then runs to his locker and gets his stuffed animal/blanket. I then ask if he'd like to read a story. He lights up and we go to a quiet place to sit and read. Soon others join us and we read a few books, as well as the ZooBook. I ask Jack and Henry De. if they recognize anyone in the pictures. They are able to name their classmates right off! You can't even see faces in some of them.
We read one book, at the end is a picture of the illustrator, and Henry Decker says it looks like the dad from the story! VERY observant!!!
At the end of freeplay time, we are at the sand table. Andreas is using the funnel, and starts to get a curious look on his face. The sand is no longer emptying from the bottom. He adds more sand (to a full funnel) and looks at the bottom, I ask him what he thinks is going on... He says "it's stuck" and dumps everything out to start over.
As instructed when the children are drawing, I ask Andreas what he is drawing... "Lines" he answers.