An Introduction to Clay
We are making clay! - Benji
As our Brown Room friends settle into their classroom community, we continue to offer them new experiences to enrich their ability to express themselves, gain mastery in the school environment and connect with their peers. Last week, we introduced clay for the first time.
We wanted to make our friends' first experience with clay an opportunity to both explore and connect. We've found that the children's family pictures and photo albums have been an excellent conduit for connection. As the children chat about their families, they discover common ground, and marvel over what makes each family unique. With this in mind, we made sure to include family photos in our first clay experience.
While preparing for this experience, we decided on a list of questions that would serve as a framework for our observation and documentation. As the children worked, we made notes of the strategies, connections, and expressions they each used.
Noah stacks the clay.
Noah: Papa not falling!
Sam: I’m hearing that you made Papa. Who else is in your family?
Noah: Mama and Noah.
Sam: I'm wondering if you made Mama, would she be bigger or smaller than Papa?
Noah: Mama so short.
Noah: And not Dove.
He begins to transform the clay into Dove (family dog).
Noah: Dove looks like mud. Dove has a tail.
Harry: I make a dog.
Tate: Harry, do you have a dog at home?
Harry: I have Lily at home.
Eloise: I have a dog, Lainey!
Dahlia: I don't have a dog, but I do have Baby Leif.
Eloise: My baby sister's name, Charlotte.
Harry: My baby sister in Mommy's tummy. Baby sister be so cute!
Please find some of the finished pieces below.