.What is a neighborhood?
--Where somebody lives.
--It's super super long.
--It's houses on the same street that your house is.
--They live next to you.
Do neighborhoods only have houses?
--Sometimes it might be other things.
--Maybe if it was a big neighborhood it would have a grocery store.
Does our school have a neighborhood?
--No, I don't see any houses.
--There's a house (pointing to the far-away farm house).
--That is your neighbor (pointing to the building next door).
--If they live next to us, then they are our school neighbor.
We decided to take a walk and see if our school has a neighborhood. We discovered a lot of buildings and had ideas about each building:
Maybe we should go in some buildings to see who is in there!
When we got back, we looked at a picture of our school and the buildings taken from above. We figured out which photo we took went with each building. I asked again, does our school has a neighborhood? There was a lot of discussion about houses being in neighborhoods and whether people have to live in a place for it to be a neighborhood.
--But there aren't houses and we we don't live here.
--You can work in a neighborhood.
--Yeah yeah, a neighborhood is a place where you live....or something.
Live or SOMETHING! Yes, that was it.
What is our "something" here?
--There's living neighborhoods and other "something" neighborhoods!
What should we call our school neighborhood?
There were lots of ideas--deerhood, schoolhood, happyhood. I liked all of these, but then someone shouted, "The everyone everywhere neighborhood because everyone can be in it!" "Yeah, and we come from everywhere in Iowa City!"
This felt perfect, our Everyone Everywhere Hood.
Developing Self-Identity/Developing Community: Getting to know one another by getting to know ourselves
As I start another year at Preucil, my 17th class of preschoolers, I look out at this group and wonder who they are. What will the year bring, what will I learn about them and from them? What will I learn about myself as a member of this group? I could make guesses and theories based on our week together--and of course I do. T likes to check in and tell me what he is thinking, B is quiet, but observant, J is a bit shy but happy-silly when with a friend, and on and on. But I think the best way to get to know another person is by learning what that person knows, thinks, imagines about themselves. And by understanding who we are--our "self"--and understanding the other "selves" we are with, we begin to understand our new community and our place in it.
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