drawing, transformation, storytelling

drawing, transformation, storytelling


Dear Roots family and friends-

Hello! This week in the Roots room, we continued to see a lot of interest in storytelling! Whether the storytelling was in the form of transformation play, via drawing/writing stories, or telling a story between two Lego characters.

We brought in some new materials into the room this week to support the Roots interest in writing, letters, and drawing. We brought in a variety of colored pens, gel pens, and thick markers. We also brought in letters for the light table for the Dots to use.

Happy Birthday, Eden!

On Monday, Eden’s mom and grandparents brought in delicious homemade gluten free carrot muffins to celebrate her birthday.

The new assortment of writing utensils has encouraged the Dots to continue writing and drawing stories!

You will see the Dots using a variety of the new writing utensils in the photos below.

During exploration, Delfina and Annabel were making marks on their paper and “writing in Chinese.”

Delfina: “Annabel knows how to write Chinese!”

Annabel: “I’m drawing Chinese words.”

Delfina: “I’m drawing a beautiful castle.”

Annabel: “Am I done yet because I did a really good job?”

Delfina: “Yep you did! Keep practice, do it tomorrow.”

Annabel: “I’m drawing Chinese words. Did I do it for real life?”

Delfina: “Yep you did!”

Annabel: “I’m so surprised!”

Delfina: “I’m doing Chinese words.”

Annabel: “That’s a rainbow.”

It has been really interesting listening to the Dots conversations regarding languages. When a Dot makes marks on the paper, a lot of them can see that the marks are not familiar alphabet letters that they recognize, hence- they must be a different language. In fact, on the snack plates that Dot to Dot utilizes, there is a design on the edge that the Dots have said are a different language.

Amelia explored with one of the new green pens to create a lot of curves and lines, “these are the toys that I have at my house!”

Note: If your child went home on Thursday saying that they “went to a hair salon” or “got their hair blown dry”, that’s true! We used the blow dryer and towel above next to Amelia to help dry off the Dots hair in the Roots room. Even some of the Dots who didn’t have wet hair wanted to sit in the chair and have their hair blown dry, too! 🙂

At Dot to Dot, we as educators have spoken about the terms ‘scribble vs. marks.’  Ms. Mazi gave an example of how her 2-year old daughter was making marks in a notebook and inquired what she was creating Her daughter’s response was, “scribbles.” Instead of her daughter describing what she had created, she stated what she had heard someone else call the marks, “scribbles.” 

“These are a bunch of letters. They say baby, bottle, drinking a bottle, baby, I’m taking care of the baby, they’re playing with the baby, eating a bottle, taking care of the baby.”

An example of using a variety of writing utensils!

“This is a people, it’s me. That’s the outside they made. That’s everything they made, a zoo. I make a paper on it, it’s my sister. That’s a H for the zoo. That makes food for the animals to eat it. That’s the oven for the workers to make food for the animals to eat. The animals need food so they have energy so the animals have to be more hungry. If they’re hungry, they have to eat a lot of lot of food.”

Annabel and Madison lined up the cookie letters on the light table as part of their exploration. 

“We are making letters to make the cookies. They says happy ever after Halloween, happy day at Easter. Happy Halloween. Have a good trip at mamas. Dear dad. My mommy. Happy mommy. Happy mommy day. Have fun. Happy Mother’s Day. Have a fun trip until you have nice and fun. Have a great Easter and have a great time with England. Happy Halloween.”

Water colors on the mirror table.

Quinn: “I was creating a cookie biscuit letter sugar chocolate letter shooter. When the cookies come out, they’re delicious. When it’s making, it makes little dots of sprinkles that taste like chocolate. That’s where the people create the cookies. A machine makes it.”

Delfina: “I’m writing Chinese. I love you mom.”

As we had heard about different languages and how different marks create different languages, we brought in a plate from the kitchen for morning assembly to ask the Dots about what they saw on the edges. Below is the photo of the plate as well as the conversation heard:

What do you see on this plate?

Madison: “Chinese words.”

Delfina: “Japanese words.”

Annabel: “I think they’re a turkey.”

Delfina: “… a Japanese turkey!”

Samanvi: “I think they look like a design.”

Phoebe: “I think it looks like Japanese words.”

So.. how do you create Japanese words?

Madison: “Speak it with your mouth.”

Can you write Japanese words?

Delfina: “Yeah. Like you start with A, then a B.”

But then the Dots agreed that Chinese words and Japanese words were different…

Madison: “You start with any letter you want.”

Eden: “I have some marker at home that are really good for drawing those kind of words. The Japanese words.”

Such fascinating conversation! When we ask questions to the Dots, we aren’t always looking to get to a specific answer. We want the Dots to hear a variety of different  perspectives as well as take time to ponder the statements made so they can come up with their own conclusion and find out the answers on their own. 🙂

Asahi brought a book in Japanese to share with Mizuki during their exploration time. This book then inspired them to make a train! On a separate day, Mizuki brought in a Japanese magazine and used the characters in it to inspire him in what to build!

Samanvi: “We’re talking about cities. We’re talking about Anavana.”

Smayana: “And mothers, too.”

Samanvi: “That’s where we are going to live tomorrow just for 2 weeks. My mom and dad are going to come and I’m taking them (Smayana, Sienna, & Aditi) with me. They’re coming to my new city.”

Aditi: “We’re making icing cake.”

Samanvi: “We need some chopsticks” (she began mixing sand).

Sienna: “I’m making the ices.”

Smayana: “I’m putting the ingredients through!” (as she scooped up sand with a spoon and put it in the pan).

Samanvi: “We need some peas. I need to mix it.”

Aditi: “I’m mixing this.”

Samanvi: “It’s ready!”

Smayana: “It’s not ready!”

Samanvi: “Yes it is! I’m going to take one bite.) (as she pretended to scoop sand from the pan in her mouth). “It tastes good! But it’s not spicy like chili. We want chili.”

Smayana: “Yeah, I don’t want to make it spicy.”

In the dialogue above, so many incredible things were happening! The girls were conversing back and forth, sharing materials and space, utilizing their imagination and creative skills, using gross motor skills, as well as fostering their communication and language skills, just to name a few!

During exploration outside, Jack, Hank, & Phoebe were going to school and looking for treasures during their transformation play.

Hank: “I’m finding the treasures!”

Phoebe: “I have a crystals!”

They began “finding treasures” in their transformation play by putting a malleable tube in the gaps to actually finding “treasures” that had fallen between the slats on the stage! Jack was the most successful treasure hunter as he found a bracelet and multiple loose parts!

What a great week! We are looking forward to what stories and interests the Dots share with us next week.. Until then-

***”Learning Made Visible” is this Saturday, May 18th from 5-8 pm! If you have not RSVP’d yet- there is a sign up sheet at the front desk. Friends and families are also welcome! We hope to see you there!***

Have a safe and wonderful weekend- Ms. Kim & Ms. Krista