Isabel and Cara were both absent. So this is a glimpse: thirteen children, two hours.
*Seamus helped Noriko get snack ready and carry it out to the cubbies. One or two children help her every morning, and it's a matter of pride for them. Noriko simply looks for a child who isn't already engaged.
*Brady was the first to do the miniature Easter tree decorating, a little set which I got out the night before (you'll discover here that it was in constant use.)
Leila watched Rex and Seamus.
They tried to keep their fingers off his work.
Meanwhile, Lucy painted at the easel.
*Lucas got out the last page of his hand-written vertebrate book. He drew a ground squirrel yesterday, and was now copying the accompanying page, some simple facts about mammals. He and Leo have done similar pages for fish, amphibian, reptile, and bird over these last many weeks of vertebrate work. This project kept Lucas busy for the rest of the morning.
At about this time, mid-morning, Erin noticed a familiar, restless energy, and put on our music for "walking on the line." Seven of the children joined in. We tend to cycle in and out of regular walking on the line, and I was grateful that Erin thought of it this morning. They had fun walking while balancing simple trays and objects in their hands.
*Meanwhile, Noah did a new sorting work with Noriko, a set of cards about the five senses with words and pictures (eye, ear, nose, mouth, hand) and lots of photos to match up. He was very engaged, and they had a lovely, quiet time together.
*Morgan had finished the binomial cube, and I followed it with a lesson with the trinomial cube. She was especially interested because of the special "trinomial cube story" she had heard me tell Cara the day before. Once she can do the cube, with all the pieces mixed, and without any help, I will tell her the story too.
*Brady worked with the dodecagon (12 sided) design puzzle. This open-ended puzzle is very popular, in use every day. Some of the children, first inspired by Lucas and now including Brady, have started doing 3-D designs with the pieces.
*Ava played with the playdough for a while.
*Leila got out the metal inset work. For a young three-year-old, she is quite skilled at tracing these shapes, and she's already been doing them for some months.
*Noah did the egg tree.
*Seamus played the lap harp.
*Julian painted an egg.