A child carefully snipped a single leaf from each of the plants in our classroom and then partnered them with the leaf shapes in the botany cabinet. Later, he taped them down on paper. He worked quietly and independently on this material for more than an hour.
Two children, one three and the other five, selected a picture from a group I put out on a table and then wrote about them. The younger child wrote "hat." The older child phonetically wrote, "I want to tell you I know a lot about medicine." That is the sentence he completed after I took the photograph.
I walked past the table where I had put some images that children could choose for creative writing and noticed the small painting in the lower left hand corner. The artist of the painting appeared besides me and told me that she put it there in case someone wanted to write about it. Good explanation.
A child doing lake and island out of clay constructed this structure at the edge of the lake. I asked him if it was a windmill and he looked at me strangely and said, "Of course not, Miss Dyer. Why would I make a windmill by a lake? It is a lighthouse and I wanted people to see its rays of light like you can at night," Another good explanation.