Working in other areas of the school environment.
This week small groups of children have taking their explorations out of the classroom to the Greeting Hallway area of our school. In this space, we often find intriguing provocations and interesting materials at the large light table or underneath the color wheel window. Currently, there are a variety of flowers arranged throughout the space as well as a digital microscope available to encourage further exploration. Since introducing the digital microscope into our own classroom to further our research with scales, we continue to find its features fascinating and have been enthusiastic about continuing to use it as a research tool to further investigate other materials.
In addition to the microscope, there are also watercolor paints, a variety of drawing materials, paper, and Mod Podge (a "new" adhesive for us) available to use.
Investigating with the digital microscope.
Some children were interested in taking a closer look at the various flowers that were arranged in vases at the light table.
Images taken by Cate, Wilder, and Michael.
Other children found different types of materials available in the Greeting Hallway (many of which we have had previously available to use at our own classroom light table) and examined them closely.
Remy even found it interesting to use the microscope on her own body and clothing!
The digital microscope offers a new lens in which we can view both familiar and unfamiliar materials in way that expands our knowledge, understanding, and perception of the objects observed.
Watercolors, Drawing, and Adhesive
A hyacinth in a nearby vase inspired the following watercolor paintings created by Lily and Bea.
Look! Look! I made a flower!
You know what's nice about flowers? You can also stick them together so it's one big one.
(making her flowers "touch" on her painting)
You can also draw flowers. (beginning to use a sharpie next to her watercolor image)
Look I wrote my name so I didn't forget it's mine.
Children were also introduced to a new type of adhesive - Mod Podge!
Some used the Mod Podge to arrange tissue paper on transparency paper to create beautiful images.
After reviewing her work, Cate made an insightful observation about the work she created using a combination of all these materials together.
Look, Sam. Look what happens when I flip it over! It's see through. I can see it! - Cate
What happened to our paper mache creations?
After our initial introduction to paper mache last week, we let our creations dry with the intention of following up this week to see what happens to the material after working with it in its "wet" form and allowing it to dry. We decided to further enhance our work by painting over the paper mache. Some expressed that adding paint to the paper mache project gave their objects more character allowing a transformation into something new!
Has your paper mache work becoming something new?
A ball. - Cate
A ball. For mom. - Luke
A yellow shark. - Jade
It's pooh stick bridge. Where you can throw sticks into the water. - Hugh
A bottle for water. - Bea
Thank you, Genevieve, for being our mystery reader today!
We always welcome extended family members to join us as mystery guests too!
Today, Ali's (Frannie's mom) godmother came to read a book about a fairy ballerina named "Twinkle" to us in the outdoor classroom. It was nice to meet you, Genevieve!