We continued our work with portraiture and asked the children to draw themselves this time. Children worked from photos, memory, mirrors and their Zoom feed to notice and recall details about themselves. The freedom of the assignment, let each child showcase what matters to them be it family, games, or attention to detail.
Sally: I'm thinking of making a portrait of my whole family.
Charlie: I just noticed something, I need to add hair!
Elle: I'm doing a picture of yesterday when I went to Karate.
Charlie: I'm making tic-tac-toe on my belly.
I go here...this would be where Willa goes...let see who wins...I win!
Creative uses of: dominoes, race cars, putters, baskets, books, legos, marbles, tracks, cups, blocks, lovies, foam blocks, rope, tape and more.
The rube goldberg work has been phenomenal and we’re thrilled so many children participated in the challenge! These machines are easy to get lost in, because at first, they usually fail. Faliure can be frustrating, even when you prepare yourself for the likelihood of your plans not panning out. These failures help us refine our patience, problem solving skills, engineering capabilities and spatial awareness. We also appreciate familes who shared the struggles along with the successes on SeeSaw to help us all witness that greatness may take a few, or many, attempts.
We know that distance learning, especially over Zoom, is not well suited to young learners who need to be active. Having calls where children are able to run around, gather materials, and be active learners helps engage more children. This week we were able to talk through thinking processes as children constructed their machines, and many children continued the building after calls ended, sharing final results on SeeSaw. Not all learning takes place on class calls, and we are thrilled that platforms like SeeSaw allow us to meaningful connections with children who are exploring outside of our scheduled sessions.
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.