“Tinkerbell floated over the wall to Ms.Lauchlan’s Room!”

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Today was a wet, cold and dark day, which made for the perfect kind of day to continue to introduce the light table. Friends worked together creating an elaborate scene at the light table with a very imaginative story. This really brightened up my day rainy day!

Cole: It looks like Tinkerbell is trapped in here. She’s glowing on the light table!
Elias: This is the Wonderworld.
Cole: She’s stuck in the crystals. She doesn’t want to grow up.
Leah: Can we get her out?
Cole: She’s twirling. She’s so dizzy. But she’s still swirling.
Elias: Here’s a tower slide for fairies.
Cole: Tinkerbell’s friend is Silverness. Tinkerbell is at the top of the tower… she’s scared.
Elias: All my Tinkerbell’s are scared at the top!
Cole: All the Tinkerbell’s are in the yellow rectangles. Sometimes in the blue squares, too.
Leah: Tinkerbell’s stuck in this one now!
Cole: We need to get her out. The elevator was a nice elevator and got her out of the cube. The mean elevator just took her back and tricked her and took her back. She fell all the way to the bottom of the cube.
Elias: I got her!
Cole: Now I got her and she’s plop in a bubble. She’s floating away, it’s a magic bubble.
Leah: She could live in the bubble. She’s in there a long, long time. When all the people leave from Capital City, Tinkerbell will be like, “where did all the kids go?”
Cole: Someone will go inside the art room and find out she’s in the bubble. They can’t reach her because she’s all the way at the art room ceiling! No one can pop the bubble… she’s gonna be with Ms.Cushner all night living in the art room!
Leah: It’s spooky here at night. I think she would be scared. There might be vampires.
Cole: Or zombies. It came for Tinkerbell but he couldn’t get her. She’s in a crystal now… it’s green. Her wings are trapped in another crystal. She can’t fly, she’s just hopping and rocking all around. She’s gone, she floated over the wall to Ms.Lauchlans room!
Leah: Let her out of the bubble!
Cole: Silverness is back! I put her in the bubble with Tinkerbell. All the friends. Now she’s in a swirl.
Elias: I popped the swirl… she’s free!

“The Government shutdown” on the light table!

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Today was a very exciting day in the Pre-K Studio because we introduced the light table! It was the perfect kind of day for this activity because it was dark from the looming storm and children were well rested from the weekend.

During my first group of the day, children began by designing a train track in the city. It quickly turned from just a train track to the DC metro and the government shutdown. Here is how the experience unfolded…

Kofi: Hey guys, lets make a train.
Ezekiel: We can make a house train. Or the DC metro!
Kofi: Ok now guys, oh no, don’t knock the train track. That road is blocked off from the government shutdown.
Ezekiel: Where can the train go?
Kofi: The train can take this route. It will go this way because we blocked off this whole road for the government shutdown.
Ezekiel: What do we do?
Kofi: I don’t care if it’s blocked off… I’ll just smash it. I don’t like the government shutdown, sorry dudettes. I’m not listening to the government shutdown, my train has to keep going.
Ezekiel: Chugga chugga, choo choo!

Happy Monday!