November 2: Curriculum Night & Potluck 6:30pm
November 8: School Closed for Election Day & Open House
November 11 & 18: School Closed for Parent/Teacher Conferences
November 23, 24, 25: Thanksgiving Break
In the Red Room the children stack blocks. Two children working side by side begin taking turns building a tower. The seeds of cooperative play are planted. Children line blocks up on the floor and call it a crocodile, a fire truck or a road. Imagination, dexterity and social interaction are part of play in the block area.
In the Blue Room block play is on a bigger scale. There are more blocks, more children and more ideas! Children really care about what they’re building and are particular about blocks. Some children may decide what to build before getting started. There is more negotiation for blocks and space. Children are still stacking blocks and lining them up but they also build enclosures that can be zoos, farms, homes, schools or space ships. Children talk about what they are creating. They are noticing differences and similarities among the blocks especially when they clean up; they must match size and shape on the shelves.
Some Yellow Room children are experienced builders. But even those for whom building is a new experience are excited by what they can do. Recently, two children made an eye-catching pattern with squares while a small group built train tracks across the floor. Balancing the smallest blocks, one on top of another is challenging, frustrating and, finally, very satisfying.
Finally, in the Purple Room, many children feel a sense of mastery over this material. They work together to build structures that reach almost to the ceiling. Or, a few children may work together to cover the classroom with a small city. The older children admire the work of their classmates and imitate it, they discuss plans and cooperate to make ideas into reality.