We started the year learning about ourselves, each other, and our school. Next, we ventured out of our building and walked on the sidewalks next to our school. We had several discussions about whether schools could have neighborhoods, and it was decided that yes, indeed they could. From then on, we felt more of a belonging to this space in which our school sits. But still, we didn't feel a connection. We wondered what was inside those buildings--were there people in there? What were they doing?
We should just go inside and see!--Jane
We decided to write a note to the people in the buildings. We started with "Hello," because it's always friendly to say "hello." We told them who we are, making sure to note that we are their neighbors. We added a few questions, and then signed our names. We decided we needed to deliver the notes ourselves (we discussed putting them in the mail box, but we realized we wouldn't know who's name to put on the envelope). We set out, with our notes in hand, to get to know our neighbors. As we entered the buildings, the people smiled and were happy to tell us a little about their work and what happens in their building.
The Sleep Center
People sleep here! It's like a little hotel. Some people have trouble sleeping, getting to sleep, or snore too much while sleeping. They come here to get help.
We learned a new word: Architect
An architect is someone who designs (makes plans) for buildings. We saw a big room with a very long table!
There are doctors in this building who help people who have broken bones or sore muscles.
They asked for a song, so we sang "Twinkle."
There are dentists in this building that help when people have problems with their teeth.
They work to make sure people can go to the doctor when they need to.
They also asked for a song and again, we sang "Twinkle."
The next week, Bobbi, a nurse from Oral Surgeons, called and asked if she could come for a visit. She loved our note and wanted to meet us. When she came, she told us a little bit about her job and what happens in her building. She even brought us a special snack!
As we walked into our neighboring buildings, the children heard me say, "Hello, we are out getting to know our neighbors and community."
"What's a community?" Callum finally asked.
When we went back to school, we looked this word up on our Ipad dictionary and James came up with this way of explaining it:
"It's a group of people that talk and have some ideas and things that they do that are kind of the same but maybe a little different. They live or work in the same place." --James
"Maybe it's like a family." --Jane
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