Exploring and Mapping the Basement
The Meadow room children have been thinking about the basement, and the murals which are painted on the wall there. There is one, a picture of a big rabbit, that some people feel afraid of, while others just love making up magical stories about it .
Nolan "Are you brave enough, Oliver, to go to the black bunny, and touch him?"
Nolan "Maybe we could go together."
|figuring out how to show stairs that have 4 landings and a doorway at the bottom|
The discussion of the bunny led to theories about how to trap it, and the idea of hanging other pictures nearby -maybe to keep it company, or maybe to keep an eye on it.
|"If the stairs are there, we got to make it so that door is on the map right next to the stairs"|
Nancy had worked with some of the children to make a model of the basement, to figure out which walls might be available to hang paintings on. This model wasn't quite right, because the children didn't have a clear picture of what the basement looks like. So, on Friday we took a trip down the stairs to work on a map of the basement.
|checking out a pile of stuff|
Oliver video taped our tour, and then we went upstairs to draw the map. Referring to the video tape was very helpful, but there were still a few places the children weren't sure about. We brought the map downstairs again to check where a couple of doorways were, and how to draw the stairs.