A day at Tru
When Lily comes to Tru, she greets her teacher Tanu at the door and hangs up her backpack on a hook. Then she skips inside to see what is going on this morning. Some children are building designs with pattern blocks on the tables, others are reading their books from the Palo Alto Children’s Library, which they visit every other week.
As Lily makes a symmetrical pattern, Tanu asks her what news she could put in the class newspaper. “I have two blisters on my little toes,” Lily says, and this report is written down to share later with the class.
Tanu rings a bell and invites everyone for a run around the courtyard. Lily takes her place behind a classmate, and when Tanu taps her shoulder, she runs gleefully under the eaves around the tree-shaded lawn. After one or two laps, she walks back into the classroom and sits down for morning meeting with her friends.
In a circle, everyone faces the candle and takes some time to settle their bodies. Tanu asks them to close their eyes and visualize their animal friend coming to play with them. The lights are off, and the room becomes a little more peaceful while Tanu talks. After this mindfulness practice, Lily describes the unicorn that she imagined in the woods.
It is time for Number Mysteries. Lily retrieves her work from yesterday: rod trains. She rolls a die several times and finds the rods with the right lengths, placing them end to end until the train goes as far as she can reach. Then she uses tens to measure the whole train; it is 73! Tanu helps her write the numbers down on her paper.
At snack Lily sits with some friends and talks about what they are going to play outside. Many of them are interested in finding “roly polies” in the grass. Some children are riding “easy rollers” around the courtyard; others are playing a dramatic imaginary game. A child starts playing the musical drum to signal the end of play time.
Back in the classroom, Tanu, reads everyone a story about water. Lily and some of her friends remember that just yesterday the class was building a water system for a city of blocks, with pipes carrying the water to everyone’s buildings. Tanu talks about how a story is imagined, and Writer’s Studio begins!
Lily works on her story, “Isabella and the Giant Forest.” A girl runs away from home and gets lost. She begins crying but then sees a ball of fire! Lily feels excited to read the story aloud during author sharing.
At lunch time Lily joins her partner Sean from the older class, and everyone walks together past the Children’s Library to Rinconada Park. She sits at the picnic tables and chats with her friends about favorite foods, spiders in the trees, and collecting twigs. When lunch is finished, she climbs on the monkey bars, swings on the swings, and digs tunnels in the sandbox. After a long hour, it’s time to walk back.
This afternoon the children spend time watering and examining their plant experiment. They are wondering how much light plants need to survive, so they have placed several different kinds under a black box. Some kinds seem to be lasting longer than others.
At the end of the day Tanu reads another story. Lily asks to put a rock in the basket because she loves the story’s ending. Tanu wishes them all a peaceful journey!