Items filtered by date: January 2018
Sunday, 28 January 2018 06:04

Pajamas and Pancakes

 

The warm weather at the beginning of the week was wonderful. People shed their winter layers and were outside running, triking and digging in the sand again. It was a short respite, but is a reassuring reminder that springtime will return.  

We have been working on putting together our Shape Day chart to post on the Nursery door. At snack last week, Nurseries had me go around the table to write down their individual shape choices for the chart… plus each also wanted me to write down the color they were going to use to fill in their shape — their collective idea. What was so interesting to me was how each remembered the list they had collectively come up with several weeks ago and then, as we went around the table one-by-one, each mentally crossed off the different shapes as they were chosen and also kept track of what shapes were still available. They seemed to do this group work effortlessly.

We had a cosy Pajama/PJ/Jammy and Pancake Day on Thursday. Brian brought his griddle from home and along with the other Art/Science sorts of things, a group of Nurseries helped mix up the gluten free and wheat batters. Many, many pancakes were consumed with gusto and maple syrup. 

Sunday, 21 January 2018 05:13

You Don't Have to Wear Pajamas

We will be starting off our Shape Days this week with Squares on Monday and Tuesday, and then Circle Day for Wednesday and Thursday. In addition, for Thursday, Nurseries have planned Pajama and Pancake Day. Circles and pancakes should work very well together shape-wise.

Talking together about Pajama and Pancake Day before stories last week, we talked about how you could wear pajamas to school if you wanted to. Nurseries agreed that of course you didn't have to if you didn't want to! One Nurseryer said that she didn't have pajamas and followed up by asking "What are pajamas?" I said that they were just anything you wore to bed while you were sleeping. Sounding a little concerned, she said that she didn't have pajamas; she only had jammies. I said that jammies would be great... that jammies and pajamas and PJs were just different words for the same thing. So now we've decided it should be called Pajama/PJ/Jammie and Pancake Day.

Nurseries came up with the idea of Shape Days, I think, partly in honor of our celebration of Color Days last fall. I read them Squares are not Bad by Violet Salazar last week and they dictated their list of shapes to me while they ate snack one morning. I believe their list is final, but you never know. . . . Some may want a sign up chart like we had for Color Days. If so, we will work on that on Monday.

Their complete, as of now, schedule is…

January 22 & 23 (M&T)  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Squares

January 24 & 25 (W&Th) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Circles

January 29 & 30 (M&T)  . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . Triangles

January 31 & Feb. 1 (W&Th). . . . . . . . . .  .  Rectangles

February 5 &6 (M&T)  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ovals

February  7&8 (W&Th)  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Diamonds

February 9 — 14 (F—W) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Hearts

February 15 & 16 (Th & F) . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stars

February 21 (W). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Pentagon

February 22 (Th). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hexagon

February 23 (F) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Octagons

February 26 (M). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Trapezoids

February 27 & 28 (T & W) . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Lines... you can make any shape you want!

March 1&2 (Th & F). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . All Shapes

Sunday, 07 January 2018 20:18

Magic and Mystery of Back Together Again

Year after year I see such significant changes in the children and the group after we get back together following Winter Break that I have really come to think of those two weeks as a fundamental part of the Nursery program. It can seem a little magical and mysterious, but I know for the Nurseries, the family time away gives them a real opportunity to digest and process and internalize what they have been so busy doing those first four months of school. They come back in January ready to take off into their second half with a deeper understanding of themselves and one another and the group they are making.

These children are no different. I can tell that they have really missed being with one another. They are ready — and busy planning together — for what comes next!   

They have each come up with ideas for what they would like to do in the coming months. I started off asking if they would like to plan Shape Days ("Yes," was their reply.) They continued on with their brainstorming and have come up with ideas from Outside-Play-In-The-Snow Day (celebrated every day last week!) on through Trike Day, Car Day, Drawing Day, Painting Day, Cookie Day, YG Partners-Up-On-The-Golf-Course Day, Pajamas and Pancakes Day, Snow and Maple Syrup Day, and finally finishing up with Play Day. There are several others as well, but this gives a pretty good sense of their agenda!

Last week they let me know in so many ways that they are ready to be out in the hall. It's a responsibility, of course, and so on Friday morning we gathered at the rocking chairs to come up with our list of Hallway Safety Rules. We came up with: "Stop at the red line… tell Ann or Ben your plan… talk and listen… keep people safe and comfortable… calm, inside energy… inside voices… come back when it's time, clean up when it's time…."  We finished up the early part of Friday morning in the hall and then, before snack, they cleaned up several massive block constructions in the hall... along with what was out in the Nursery room as well.

Later, while we were eating morning snack, two YG Partners came in with the news that All School Meeting would be at 11:00 on Friday instead of 12:30 and could we please come. We couldn't make it on such short notice, but now we have a plan to go to our first All School Meeting next Friday! 

We are off to a great January!

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