On Monday the students "set the stage" for our post office. We built a way to sort the mail, set up a front office to sort and pay for the mail, a measuring center for letters and packages, and of course, a letter writing center.
We talked about patterning and all the different types (AB, ABC, ABCD, etc.) We did an activity where the students started a pattern, and then we rotated and they had to solve and finish someone else's pattern.
We finished off our day playing our experiential center! We added a packaging center, where the students write a grocery list, package it up, and then ship it off. We also added "blue prints" to the building center, so the students could plan out a way to sort the mail before building. We will continue with our post office next week, tweaking it slightly based on the student's interests.
Thursday was also Cardboard Challenge Day! We started by watching this video to inspire us:
Friday we also built our community of Highland Park. The students were able to build their favorite place in Highland Park out of boxes, blocks, etc, and then place it on our map using Google Maps. I loved how their places turned out! They were so creative.