The studio was alive with the sound of children exuberantly playing with clay! The number of hands raised into the air at morning meeting was indicative of the Tucker Room children' s continued enthusiasm for clay. We knew that clay would be taken out of the bag (aka clay monster during clean up time) and brought onto the tables for the children's play and exploration. Yet, we always lean on the interests of the children and the impetus for playing and working with clay today relates to the Tucker Room children wanting Molly and Jessica to join us for an occasional snack time. However, to do this -- they're going to need plates!
Molly and Jessica were so thrilled to be invited into the Tucker Room to make plates for the children.
As said at morning meeting: What are we having for snack today? Well, if we are having cereal they'll need a bowl. -Hugh
How wonderful it was having Molly and Jessica join us to make a plate. Thank you Jessica and Molly! Both of them chose to draw their symbol, big and in the center of their plate. Making a clay plate may at first seem easy, but it isn't always the case if we open ourselves to exploring new experiences, and we are all still learning about clay. Experiences like this can remind us how children are so capable in what they do and courageous in their approaches to learning as a process: trying new things, being vulnerable and accepting of mistakes, and feeling good about what was learned in the moments given to the experience.
"It's so beautiful!" -Tommy
Tommy was so pleased with the aesthetic of his work/play.
The clay process: Build, wait while it dries, wait for it to dry more, fire it in the kiln, wait glaze it, fire it again, wait even more, and then wow!
"Look what I did!" - Elena
Prolonged engagement with the clay, and Elena was proud.
"I know how to do it." -Caleb
Being open to suggestion, Caleb discovers his own way.