My classroom has a long expanse of beautiful windows, some 30 feet, floor to ceiling, alongside a very active alley.
Yes, the light is lovely.
There is lots to see.
I've begun keeping a running list of what the children see in the alley.
I want to get some binoculars for all along the windowsill, to encourage observation.
Many delivery trucks come down the alley.
There is a high school on the other side of the alley from us, so we see students, teachers, lots of people.
There have been bicycles and skateboarders.
It is quite fascinating to preschoolers
Unfortunately, it remains so during nap time.
A darkened room is an essential environmental clue for preschoolers that nap is about to begin.
There is so much light in my room that when I turn off the overhead fluorescents, no one notices. (I often don't bother turning them on.)
I was told during the summer that room-darkening shades would be installed in my classroom as part of the building remodeling.
But, the contractors are gone,
we are in our fourth week of school, and
nap time has been near impossible.
On our very best day, half the class fell asleep. (We had played many running games on a nearby field.)
Check out this visitor during a recent nap:
Yes, that would be a backhoe/power shovel inches away from "trying to sleep" Big Cats. Everyone sat up in their beds, with a squeal, "Look!"
Six times, back and forth, the backhoe/power shovel lumbered by, picking up large pieces of concrete from a construction site at the end of the alley and carrying these out. As it moved out of the alley, the backhoe/power shovel made its backup warning sound "baaahnn, baaaahn," and construction workers guided it past parked cars, barking "All clear!, that's good!"
This is the stuff of preschooler dreams - construction equipment in action.
With the exception of a few who had fallen asleep before the construction equipment came down the alley, the children were either out of their beds, pointing and exclaiming, or standing on their cots, huge grins. There was no going to sleep now!
I'm investing in curtains...these children and their teacher need nap time for napping!!