Today a salad spinner found its way into rotation. We had been admiring others using it in the kitchen and eventually it found it's way into our classroom! The boys spent quite some time figuring it out: how does the handle work, does the lid come off, what's inside. Then came the pom poms.
This moment in time was a great example of everything that we do in our room right now: problem solving, collaboration, playing together, working out social problems, and conquering new objects. The video is a lovely picture into a moment in our day and how I react to the conversations that naturally arise. I find that I now pause more and allow for their observations to surface, compared to just 6 months ago, where I was still in the newscaster role: talking about what I notice, wonder, see, think. I still return to that place to bring the children's attention to things. This is especially true while working through the conflict between the boys, which is our biggest work.