in the spirit of maria montessori, i take care in PREPARING THE ENVIRONMENT. today it was setting out colored markers for our writing boards. beautiful and constructive!
they weren’t so much the box car children, but children making box cars and box trucks and box trains, etc.
with old snack boxes, stickers, tape, tickets, crayons, scissors (though tearing works as well sometimes), paper fasteners pencils and glue, they made more transportation!
some knew they wanted “smoke stuff” to come out of that “pipe thing that is at the back.”
some even had built in windows. : )
in our conversations about travel and transportation, we discussed airplanes. figured out was that they can go over water, but they can also go over land. they can go from country to country, but also city to city. one answer i didn’t have was what is the SHORTEST distance an airplane can take us. how many blocks would a plane need to take off and then land? good question! anyone know?
we used snack boxes, packing boxes, and LOTS of masking tape to build airplanes. they only guidelines were at least one long piece for the body and two wings. it was a busy time building, trying it out, adjusting, trying it out again, etc.
great variety was made!
and why in the world did i not think of inviting kids to the lace and ribbon bucket? silly me.
here is one class…standing in the “runway”…looking not quite ready for the picture?
we put raffi’s song “riding in an airplane” on repeat for the day. : )
this is a wonderful puzzle game. i made it simpler by using only the pieces with one river, road or rail.
my idea was to have trays of fine colored sand to move trains through to make tracks. i even matched the train cars with the color of sand. i didn’t expect it to stay seperate, but i was curious how long it would.
the children were interested in this for about 15 minutes. then they began scooping and piling it up.
by the next day, i released and added cups and spoons. it was like 6 zen gardens. there was quiet, quiet work of spooning sand from tray to cup, from cup to tray.
children, the best leaders.
during our t is for transportation week, we looked at our world map. i would suggest two countries and ask how we could travel from one to the other. let me tell you now that these children BELIEVE they COULD build a bridge across the ocean. they BELIEVE that there are strong enough materials to go the miles to the ocean floor. they BELIEVE that there are cables strong enough to hold from one pole to another. i started to believe that maybe it could happen.
but until it does, how could we get from the USA to Indonesia? well, a plane or a boat were the two realistic options we came up with (yes, dolphin and pegasus nearly made the top list).
before heading off to make airplanes, i gave each a piece of foil. the beauty of foil is that any way it is folded or scrunched, it will float (until it gets water logged). so we made foil boats…and floated them.
oh, how i wish model magic was more affordable! since it isn’t, our friday class was the group to sculpt transportation.
we named the colors, counted together as i cut them apart (since that couldn’t be done ahead of time in fear of it hardening), then gave each child a plate of pieces. there were toothpicks and googly eyes (so our transportation vehicles might look like the ones in richard scarry books!)
i didn’t sense frustration as i watched them sculpt, mimic each other, or go new directions.
introducing transportation by the friday class:
i wish i had recorded the names of their transportation vehicles. i know there were ships, boats, cars, trucks, vans, airplanes, rockets, trains…and some creatively named vehicles!
nothing like those silly sheep in a jeep to mesmerize a bunch.
we used our fists in this little chant again:
here is S (one fist)
here is H (the other fist)
pound them together (do just that!)
shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh (make a long /sh/ sound)