Ms. Holcomb & Mrs. Childress
When our girls play their conversations are full of so much learning. They are able to apply their life experiences and also our classroom learning. As teachers, when we take the opportunity to listen and observe we are able to hear the girls to see what they are excited about while also assessing ongoing skill from the classroom.
Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood. - Fred Rodgers
This morning a few girls were playing together with our letter tiles. Letter tiles mixed with letter bean bags quickly became a dance floor. This new discovery excited even more girls so the group started to grow. The conversation continued and the girls decided this was actually a dance studio. The girls worked together to collect materials from around the room. The discussion during the design process included talk of letters, capitalization, numbers, shapes, colors, and so much more. The girls shared what they were holding and if they were unsure they problem solved by asking a friend for their help.
When the dance floor was complete, the girls wanted to start dancing. The decided they needed chairs for their audience and the girls all got to work collecting chairs from around the room. They then realized all dancing at the same time could cause some problems. Ruthie said, "I think we need to take turns so we don't bump into each other. Maybe we could dance two friends at a time?" The girls then agreed Mrs. Holcomb could help say when the next two friends should dance so we all knew when it was the next turn. Emma Duncan said "That makes it really fair so we allll have time to have fun." The final step before the dance party could begin was deciding on a song. Some girls wanted to listen to Moanna while others were asking for Shake it off by Taylor Swift. Our math skill for the week was focusing on the concept of voting. The girls applied this skill by voting on their song choice. Shake It Off was the clear winner. After the song was selected, the party began!
After the dancing was done the girls worked together to sort and sort and sort until all of the pieces were back in their correct homes in the room.
A Reggio Inspired Project: Self-Awareness
I feel so thankful to work with such happy and special girls. As the girls look at themselves we want them to celebrate who they are and love that amazing person. We want the girls to feel strong and prepared for the world around them. We want the girls to know they have friends around them and we may be similar but we are not the same but we can love, play with, and learn from one another. This study showed so much of this through the girls voices about who they are and how they interacted with their peers. I am so excited to share these with you! The girls took many looks at who they are. They expressed themselves in many different ways and we saw their love of self only grow! We hope this love sticks with them and only continues to grow for the rest of their lives.
Connecting literature to our learning:
The girls were invited to explore working with clay. They first looked in the mirror, observed what shapes/lines they were able to see in their features, and then went to work forming the clay. After the clay dried, the girls carefully painted their artwork. We decided to hang the pieces together to represent our class of such talented and kind friends.
I love my green eyes because I can use them to see rainbows!- JK Student
I am Abigail! I am four. My mommy, my dad, my sister, and my baby sister are my family. My baby sister already turned one and now she is two. I live at Memphis in a house on the ground not in the sky. I like running. I like to run after my nap. I have a favorite color, I like pink and red! When I am at school, I feel happy!
My name is Carlie and I love to dress up! I like to dress up like a princess when I put my dress. I love to run outside! I am fast! I love singing and dancing. I’m good at singing Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and all the songs. I have a big brother. I forgot how old he is and I have a sister, Carissa, she is three. I play with my sister and we play grocery store. You just get a basket and you put food in it like okra and pickles. I love all the food. My favorite food is chicken and some watermelon.
I am Elin. I have eyes and I have a mouth and I have ears and I have arms and I have legs and I have feet and I have fingers and I have nails and I have toes and I have a body and a heart and a brain and cheeks. I am great at reading Bob books and I do sight words with my sister, Emma every night. I am learning words to make me bigger. I like to play with my sister. I love my mommy and my daddy.
I am Emma Duncan. When I write my name I write E-M-M-A and then a D for Duncan. I like to eat ice cream with my family. I like eat strawberry, my daddy likes chocolate, and my mommy likes to eat the vanilla ice cream. We also like to eat Mexican food together. We ate it for dinner last night! I went to Virginia Beach with my mommy and daddy and got to go in the sea and the waves crashed and they splashed me over! I am really good at feeding giraffes! I got to feed them at zoo camp.
My name is Emma and I am four. I like to color in my coloring book that my mom just bought me. It is a fairy book and I like to use pencils and crayons. I like to color because I don’t watch tv anymore so I always color. I have dolls and I have a Vampirina house and all the family of Vampirina and I always always play. I always mess up because I can’t remember where my toys are but its ok because my mom always remembers everything. My mom is in my family and my dad and Sophie, she starts with “S,” and a baby sister named Ava and Gem. I have lots of friends too. They make me feel happy and they just love to play with me.
I am Grey and I like to go on the swing and go high! My mama pushes me REALLY high! It feels like I am going in the air. Sometimes we go to the Children’s Museum and we do the splash pad and sometimes we get sno-cones and they have sand. It’s kind of like the beach! GA are my initials. I am four years old. My mommy takes me to get my nails done and we went and got fun ballet things after school! Want to know my favorite numbers? It’s 13! I’m really good at bowling. One time I won! I’m also really good at rock climbing cause I can make it all the way to the top! Today I drew a lowercase “h” for the first time and I said, “I did it!!!” I was so proud of myself.
I am Imani and my mommy calls me ladybug and my daddy calls me grasshopper. I like to go to the park and then we get ice cream. Sometimes I get vanilla and sometimes I get chocolate. Did you know I am good at gymnastics? I can do a cartwheel all by myself and a handstand too. My favorite colors are red and pink and my mommy’s color is green. Mommy and my favorite colors together are Christmas colors!! I love going to parties because all my friends are there and I get to take my shoes off and play. I like shoes but I like jellies the best. I am special because God made my brain and my brain is silly.
I am Katie Cruzen and my favorite color is pink. I love playing with my friends. We pretend to play family and I always am the baby. H-k-l-o-u-t-r-e-x, those are my favorite letters. 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-0 are my favorite numbers, well really all of the numbers. I’m good at doing tricks like this (standing with her head on the ground and her foot in the air). I’m REALLY good at galloping too. I love to go to school and to sing our hello song and do our journals and see my teachers and hug them! I have a family. My daddy has a belt. Belt starts with the letter B! My mommy has all the same colors as me like her peach skin and brown eyes. She wears pretty dresses! I love my baby brother so much because I just love his face and the way he goo goo’s and sometimes he makes me laugh.
My name is Lane! I like my mommy to take me to the park and we play together. We like to sleep with my mommy and daddy on the weekends. My brother comes and sleeps with us to. I am very good at knowing the rainbow. Red, orange, yellow, green, purple indigo, violet. My momma sings songs to me and daddy sings too. They sing me songs at night time when I am in my bed. That makes my heart feel happy.
I am Lilli Greer Sutton, LG. I am really good at art! I like drawing on paper with markers. Mama likes to put on lipstick and curly hair, and it looks beautiful. I want to wear lipstick when I am a big girl too. I love watching movies and my favorites are Cinderella, Elsa, Belle, and Aurora but we don’t have Aurora so we need to buy it. My favorite foods are cheese, strawberries, and blueberries. They are delicious and I don’t choke on them. I love coming to school because I like the teachers, Mrs. Holcomb and Mrs. Childress a very lot. Did you know God made people and cars and everything? God made me too with bones and a sweet and happy heart.
My first name is Mabel and my second name is Mabel Watts. In my heart my heart feels happy when I am a good listener and it is happy when I go get MEMPOPS! MEMPOPS is my favorite treat. I like to get the strawberry and the vanilla mixed up ones but sometimes they don’t have that one so I get just strawberry or just vanilla. I love my family because my family bes nice to me but sometimes my sisters grab stuff out of my hands or don’t want to watch my movie but its ok because we can eat cupcakes together. My mommy likes us to have good sleep so we can have a great day. Daddy loves sleep like mommy do and he likes all the stuff like my mommy do. We love and love and love and loveee each other and we lovee good sleep too.
Maddie Gabriel is my name. I like to do a lot of things with my mom and dad. I am not a baby anymore and we don’t have a baby either. I like to play family with my mom and dad. My mom plays the mom, my dad plays the baby, and I play the sister. My mommy and dad take pictures of me when I do ballet and summer camp. I love going on walks and drawing pictures with my mommy and dad too. I like doing numbers and letters and I like writing them at school and in my playroom. I feel happy when I come to school and my heart feels so big and pretty when I make good choices. It’s a good day when the sun is shining and it’s still ok when it rains too because I can play Polly Pockets with my mommy until the sun comes back outside.
I am Phoebe! I love being with my friends and I love playing with them. I like to color the rainbow with markers because they work really well. I am really good at building with blocks! I can make towers and houses and castles. My family likes watching movies with me. We watch Aladdin on the dvd player.
Observations while looking in the mirror:
We can see ourselves!
Her name is Elizabeth but them called her different names and she didn't like it. They called her nicknames because she likes her regular name she got sad. She said her whole long name really loud and they all heard her and they started calling her by her real name and her was happy. I am happy when people call me Mabel! - Mabel
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