Ms Christine: The playground was busy busy busy this week with “Stuffs.” As in, “Things.” Lots of ropes, a few wheelbarrows, some more rope, plenty of leaves, even more rope and a little bit of mud for good measure. We saw cooperative play, negotiation of a Peace Treaty, and tons, and tons, and tons of running, as well as three new seesaws designed, built and tested under a sky filled with plenty of sunshine. On Thursday, we celebrated A’s Big 6, complete with our now traditional Birthday Book and Crown. The birthday wishes from her classmates were dear, thoughtful and insightful.
In kindergarten, we read Babushka Baba Yaga by Patricia Polacco, which is a new take on an old Russian tale about a wicked witch who eats children. Baga Yaga says several times in the book, “I kiss your eyes and I hold you in my heart!” The essence of this sweet story can be summed up by another babushka in the story, “Those who judge one another on what they hear or see, and not on what they know of them in their hearts, are fools indeed!” Afterwards, each child drew and wrote about the beginning, the middle, and the ending of the story.
We read Little Red Bat by Carole Gerber in anticipation of our science puppet show on Thursday. Little Bat meets many characters in the story, wondering with each whether she should stay or if she should go.
After reading Yours Truly, Goldilocks by Alma Flor Ada today, we discussed why the wolves might have been so mean in the story, and how to be a friend.
We also enjoyed the creatively funny Urgency Emergency Itsy Bitsy Spider by Dosh Archer.