The weather is back and forth and it's been difficult to predict coats or jackets or even long-sleeved shirts from day-to-day. Mud time or snow, it is still the dark days of winter. Along with the overcast week and a bit of a virus making the rounds, I'm noticing Nurseries being more content to play and plan inside.
There is lots of interest in the shape of the day, plus they are noticing various shapes around the room, doing art projects with circles and triangles, and planning and anticipation for the shapes to come. Right now there is a lot of talk among the children about octagons and spirals which are still weeks away. They have been referring back to our big chart on the door to see what shapes are coming up. Next week will be Rectangles and Rainbow/Arc/Arches/
Last week for Circle and Triangle Days snacks, we made muffins (imagine stacks of circles!) and pizza (imagine many triangular pieces spread out on a plate!). A group of five Nurseries cooperated to carry their big pizza on a large cookie sheet down to bake in the Art/Science oven. Teamwork. Ben was there to put it in the oven for them, but they did the coordinated carry.
On Thursday the Nursery participated in the All School Lunar New Year's banquet. Early that morning, the Nurseries opened twenty packs of jasmine tea and carefully cut the tabs off so we could take them down to Art/Science for brewing tea in the giant coffee maker. The YG made a beautiful tofu stir fry and rice and noodles. The OG made delicious spring rolls and egg rolls. This year, instead of their traditional almond cookies, the Kindergarten decided they wanted to make their own fortune cookies. And they did — with fortunes of their own composition inside!
Over the week in the Nursery, we read a number of different books on Lunar New Year and talked about how the Asian dragon was for bringing good luck for the new year, and was NOT the fire breathing, guard the gold, capture the princess kind. As one child said, "I'm happy it's the good luck dragon.
Our Lunar New Year is a celebration that expanded out of the Kindergarten years ago to include the whole school. The Kindergartners spent days making this year's dragon head... then, when the time came, with the long red cloth attached and Kindergartners inside, the dragon went from room to room gathering each group in a long procession behind while we all stepped on a walkway of bubble wrap — for the firecracker sounds. Kindergartners led us down to the Art/Science room where the beautiful feast was waiting. We each carried our plates back down the hall to sit at the banquet table… a long piece of red paper unrolled down the length of the hall from OG room to Nursery.
Back in the Nursery after the feast, many of the children got busy making treasure maps having Ben or me help write their instructions. One child had her rather poetic clues on three separate pieces of paper. She wanted her second clue to say, "Point at the dark and look at the light."