I did not expect the return from India to be easy, but the children have let me relive the experience with countless questions and wonderings; easing me back into an everyday life bursting with love and hugs. It is so special to share my adventure and treasures with them.
At morning meeting we shared Rudraksha beads from India. The beads are actually bright blue seeds from the Rudraksha tree. After they dry, they darken and shrivel up and Hindu’s often use them for prayer beads or jewelry. The children made observations about the beads noticing their bumpy, prickly texture and the way the feel when you move them in your hands.
Yesterday Austin asked if we could use our Mardi Gras beads to make impressions in clay so we set out beads from India and Mardi Gras. Initially, the children explored making pressing and rolling the beads on slabs of clay but quickly began to form structures and create narratives with boats racing away from sharks, using the beads to create patterns and textures.
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.