"I know exactly what my symbol makes me think of!" -Maisie
What if we had them draw their symbols?
Or something that their symbol makes them think of or something about why they chose or love their symbol?
The cubby baskets can sometimes go unnoticed as another banal aspect of each day. Yet, put something on the front and suddenly the basket becomes beautified and more significant to our daily lives. Each day at arrival, dismissal, and every occasional, in-between moment we can take little to great notice of the children's work on their cubby baskets. They are also a beautiful signifier of the beginning of a new year!
"Easy-peasy, lemon squeeze!" -Tommy
Choosing to have the children reflect on their symbols in making their decorative cubby basket labels, the children created unique compositions that reflect their signature symbol. Tommy and Cate have yet to create a label but their work will soon be displayed with all the rest. For some children, the task to draw the image of their symbol was thought of as difficult but regardless they brought unique approaches to their work by painting or drawing an image connected to the meaning of their symbol.
Hugh said, "By thinking of my leaf symbol, I drew grass. "By doing your symbol, you can count the things on them. ... I made one! I made one cat print. I made my cat paw! That was easy," said Lily.
"It's flowers. Because I like flowers." -Elena
"Look! I made a globe!" -Abby
"I'm drawing a forest! I'm making a forest by lots of my symbol." -Hugh
"His (Hugh's) symbol is leaves so he could draw a jungle." -Tommy
"I'm drawing not a jungle, but a forest! I'm drawing big leaves and trees..." -Hugh
"Peach is the most beautiful color in the whole world!" -Tommy
"It makes me thinks of colors. When I think about my symbol, I think about colors. ... because sometimes musical notes are colors. -James
"They're colored drops of rain. ... It's raining frogs! That's why I put them there...with my symbol." -Caleb