Our day in the Brown Room was full of exploration and experimentation. In the studio, children worked with Jill to mix paint colors for the easel. They were thoughtful about the colors they wanted to create, and about the colors that they could mix to try to achieved their desired hue. They hypothesized and then observed whether the result was what they expected. After mixing and painting a color sample, they named their colors. The results was a beautiful bright array of paint colors including several shades of green—very appropriate for the spring.
In the classroom, children explored a collection of different rocks and coral pieces using different tools. We marveled at the details and colors we were able to see.
It was also interesting for the children to see the differences between what they could observe with their eyes, with the magnifying glasses, and with the electronic microscope. Using the magnifying glass, Margaret declared, “I see bigger.” Using the digital microscope, Louise observed, “I see gold. I see circles.”
Examining the holes in coral, Margaret noticed that there were lots of tiny rocks inside the nooks, crannies, and holes. Many of the stones and pebbles had holes, and she examined many of them closely to see what was inside. With each one, she first looked for holes, then examined with the magnifying glass and decided whether she thought the holes contained smaller rocks, then she confirmed with the microscope.
At the end of the day, we enjoyed a very genteel partner dance before going outside to spend some time in the sunshine and appreciate this glorious spring day.
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.