What do clay building and learning to write have in common? Many things, really. They both require fine motor skill and hand strength. They are both languages used to represent and communicate ideas. They both increase in complexity and sophistication as children build upon their prior knowledge. And importantly, they both require a lot of practice as well as the ability to work through frustration and willingness to make mistakes.
Today two groups of children encountered similar challenges in the atelier and in the classroom. One group had to persevere slowly through the process of building clay bugs using unfamiliar techniques. Other children were helping to organize and label documentation in the classroom and worked to both identify letter sounds and write letters to spell out words.
Children in both settings experienced some uncertainty, frustration and self-doubt—but also the excitement of a new challenge and pride of accomplishment. They are learning lessons that will serve them in years to come: mastery rarely comes without practice, and learning happens when we work through difficulty and experience failure. They are also learning that hard-earned success feels really great.
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.