When not engaged in current class project work, we often find children using all different kinds of materials in our construction area to come up with inventive creations complete with imaginative stories behind their processes. Not only is our construction area for "building", but it is also a space for tinkering, exploring mathematical concepts, role playing, story telling, and much more. We frequently alternate the variety of choices that can be found in our construction area to promote continued exploration of materials with different properties (ie. wood, metal, plastic, fabric) in a collaborative manner.
Today, we would like to highlight work by our friend, Luke. Although Luke has often spent time in our construction area working alongside or partnering with other children (Jade has been a wonderful influence on his creative abilities in this space!), this week we observed him working independently for two consecutive days on the following structure.
He expressed such pride and enthusiasm in this self-led project!
At the light table ...
This week we have explored a new provocation at our classroom light table.
The collection of materials includes foam pieces, wire, a variety of "push pins" and "paper fasteners", and small pieces that are able to be thread onto wire if desired.
The inspiration for the provocation came from our interest in threading while hand sewing, as well as our desire to encourage three-dimensional work versus working primarily on a flat surface.
Many children spent extensive time manipulating the wire into different forms. From our observations, this seemed to be both the most exciting and rewarding part of this experience!
Both wire cutters and needle nose pliers are available at the table for the children's use.
Thank you to our guests.
Thank you to Wilder's parents, Willoughby and Steve, for joining us on this beautiful day as our mystery readers!
Continued Dragon Work!
Work continues on our dragon costume on an almost daily basis. We are SO excited to share more about this project with you in the coming weeks!