Showing posts from August, 2016

Partner Mobile

Our class has been making a beautiful mobile for the window in our red room. We set out various objects that can be strung together on twine. Things like beads, shells, keys, pom poms etc. The thing that made this activity special is that each strand was created by two children working together to make one strand for our mobile.

It sounds easy but sometimes it was a little bit tricky. The partners had to negotiate who would go first, what object was going to be on the end of the strand and whether they would take turns each time or whether they might come up with another way of working together. It was interesting to watch the level of communication that existed or total lack there of. Some pairs were definitely better   at cooperating with each other than others. 

We talked about the word compromise and stressed how working together is really very difficult without good communication. 
We hung each strand on or wooden mobile that hangs in our red room. Each set of partners were very proud…

Working on our Ideas together

We read the book " What do you do with an idea" by Kobi Yamada. We had a great classroom discussion about where ideas come from. One friend told us "an idea is something in your head, it's something you think about and then start making." We asked the class if they had any ideas for today's activity. The idea was born, "build houses", "big houses", "out of everything". So on this day we worked together in one big group to first draw houses and then build houses. The children decided to "connect" all their buildings together both in their drawings and in their block buildings. What a great day of working together! 

Chains revisited

We continued working together making chains today. This time using strips of colorful felt and buttons. These felt strips will become a more permanent activity for our work room. The children can work together or individually to create a long felt chain. For our younger friends it will be a great opportunity to develop their fine motor skills while practicing buttoning.

Working Together

In this first week of our new school year we have been focusing on community building . We asked the question "what is a group?" One of our friends told us , "a group is people who stay together." We had a great classroom discussion about working together as a group. We asked if anyone knew what the word cooperation meant and quickly a friend told us, " it means working together to build something." In the coming weeks we will be doing activities and having conversations that will continue to explore this topic. 

This was an activity that the seniors of our class participated in. We split the children into small groups and asked them to work together to make paper chains. They started out each doing a different job, drawing lines, cutting and gluing together. After a bit of adjustment everyone seemed to find the job that suited them best. Leaders seemed to emerge and they were encouraged to help others. 

In the end the children measured each teams chain sid…