"Normally I wouldn't let Alex use a hammer on her own but now, since she's had so much practice, when she asked to hammer a nail in the fence, I let her. She then said, "Can we keep the hammer outside just in case I need it again?" Of course she went on to fix the Adirondack chair too."
"It's like having my very own Handy Manny around the house. She learned the word 'retract' today. She was playing with the measuring tape earlier. LOL!! Who needs toys, bring out the toolbox."Last week Charlie B., while cutting a long piece of tape from the tape machine, told me, "We have Teacher Tom tape at home." He meant, of course, the set of rainbow masking tape his mom Andrea piggybacked onto our school Discount School Supply order for his own personal use.
Annabelle has her own Little World at home, where she plays with her sisters.
Several of our families now have coffee bean pathways in their gardens, like we do at Woodland Park.
It all makes me so happy. Who needs toys?
I haven't yet, however, heard of anyone trying fly swatter painting at home.
Speaking of which, many people suggested that fly swatter painting looked like something to try outside. Frankly, it had never occurred to me, so we dragged the whole rig outside last week. I managed to convince Orlando to swat the paper a few times because his mom Valerie had been disappointed that his lone "indoor" painting had gotten hopelessly stuck together with that of a classmate, but overall there just wasn't much enthusiasm for the outdoor version of the project. I think it's much more exciting to make a mess inside. Although a few kids had fun swatting the fence.
Now there's also paint on the sidewalk in front of the school. I guess we're lucky there were no pedestrians passing by at just the right (wrong?) time. I doubt that any amount of explanation about our progressive, play-based curriculum would have got us out of paying the dry cleaning bill.