Sprouts: Unstuck

Sprouts: Unstuck

2/21/2020

Hello Sprouts Families!

Although our week appeared shorter because of the holiday on Monday, our children’s exploration was nothing short of inventive and clever! This week we will talk about:

New Perspectives

Tangled Up with Yarn

Getting Things Unstuck

New Perspectives

On Tuesday when our children walked in the class, there was a new addition hanging from the ceiling from the classroom.  Ms. Amy attached branches and leaves at a level higher than the loft.  These subtle and/or obvious additions that continue to make their way in the classroom, culminate to add to the children’s understanding of perspective. The new additions of levels invite the children to take notice of a different view, one that they may not have noticed before, which opens their eyes to a different way of seeing.

Tangled Up with Yarn
There was a beautiful moment that happened organically on Monday.  About midway through exploration, the children seamlessly, without using words, just followed each others body language, began to take a completely raveled bunch of yarn, and began expanding it to every corner of the classroom. Ms. Becca noticed she was caught in the middle of the room in tangled thread and tried to see where it was coming from to get unstuck.  Soon she noticed every single friend in the room held part of the string and was working together to wrap it around the entire perimeter of the classroom.  When clean up time approached, we all tried to get it unstuck with no avail. Paul even asked, “How do we take this off?” The educators realized this bundle of yarn needs to stay, and that demonstration the children showed was their understanding and view of perspectives put into action! How exciting.

Getting Things Unstuck

The educators have noticed that our friends are very curious of what objects they can put down the tube, and watching the consequence of that action.  Often times if it is a light ball or jewel it will go down quickly, but lately they have been experimenting with things that have gotten stuck.

The excitement then comes from how they discover how to get it unstuck.  In this process, we saw tubes getting put inside of tubes and inside of more tubes.  In the classroom, we have a very skinny, long clear tube that friends tried using to put into the bigger tubes to see if they could get the stuck objects all the way down. If that failed, we noticed friends sticking smaller objects inside the smaller clear tubing and then trying to stuff that down the big tube, thinking the weight would help with pushing it down.

Here are a few interactions as they worked on getting items through the tubes:

Araz asked, “How are they gonna get down there?” Paul then said, “I throw the jewels down there!” and Sophia remarked, “They came out!” All of the items our friends put into the tubing began to come out quickly and Araz reacted by putting his foot up against the end of the tube.  When asked why he was doing that he said, “So the jewelry doesn’t come out.”

WE WONDER: What other new discoveries will the children make with the materials that are already in the classroom? What other connections to perspective will they notice?

We hope you have an amazing weekend!
<3 Ms. Becca and Ms. Linda

P.S. We are planning our field trip for next Thursday, February, 27th! Please bring in your signed permission slip!