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If you read our blog yesterday, you are already aware that we are exploring a "new" material in the Brown Room this week. PAPER! Although paper isn't really something that's new to the children, the way in which the material has been introduced this week is a new experience. That being said, some of the types of paper that have been introduced are in fact never before seen and/or explored materials! Also, we have encouraged children to begin to think about paper materials in a different way. Throughout the week so far, children have shared their familiarity with paper products with their peers and have also recognized other materials that we may not have been previously aware are in fact made of paper as well!
We also wanted to take a moment to mention something that maybe our families aren't completely aware of involving the introduction of new materials (languages) to the children. Because of our varied schedules, we typically introduce a "new" material, technique, or concept twice during a week. Once for the M, T, W grouping of children and then a second time for the W, Th, F, grouping. If a child has already had the opportunity to participate in an initial exploration experience, they are welcome to choose a different area of focus during the second opportunity or may join again for a second time if they are particularly excited about the experience. Therefore, we do our very best to ensure that each child has the opportunity to experience the excitement and value that comes with being involved in something for the very first time. It's an even greater experience to be able to enjoy it alongside your friends!
So today, paper was both introduced as well as reintroduced to some of our Brown Room children.
Exploring the properties of paper ...
Yesterday, our blog was primarily focused on our familiarity with paper, how children have approached it, explored it, and experimented with its properties.
Today, we would like to also highlight how the children have used paper in different ways after their initial exploration period.
I want to draw on it! - Frances
Applications of Paper
Oh what joyful uses for paper!