Drawings that Transform
Children were presented with the challenge of making a drawing that could transform into a partially hidden image. While this seemed difficult at first, children soon became enthusiastic about the process. Some children did multiple transformations. What started as a tricky task transformed into a engaging game. We noted how children used the sliver of an image to suggest new possibilities.
C.C. returned to this work today and was able to explain the process:
C.C. - So you color what you want on the outside. You get to pick what's on the inside.
Also, note that C.C. brought a current Tucker interest to her work...rats!
Have we mentioned how much this group likes puzzles?
Some more of our favorite things....
We also love to build! Yesterday's big ideas included roads. barricades, and homes. Today was about crystal enclosures and bridges. Also, our group games seem to be more fun now that we have Jordan back!
Enjoy these images and have a great weekend!
Welcome Back, Jordan!
Throughout the school, children were excited to see Jordan again. We updated him on our ideas about transformers and guardians and generally had fun both outside and inside.
Guardians for the School
The list of valuable things and people that the children developed is so thoughtful. It highlights the experiences that children value at our school. The drawings continued today.
Drawings that Transform
Children accepted a drawing challenge today.... drawings that transform. They could select from prepared papers that only had a bit of the underneath photo peeking through. They drew something that could become the other item. Enjoy these images and descriptions!
More Zoo Buildings
Last week, Luke inspired us to build a zoo. Animal enclosures continued to be popular this week.
It Feels Like Spring!
It's been just delightful to go outside this week. There's been so much pretend play... creating dinoland, cooking, and going on a ship.
A Quick Look at our Day
It was great to be back together after the long weekend. In reviewing our conversations about transformers and guardians, we notice an interest in having guardian's for our school. Many children seemed aware that guardians could protect people and valuable things. This week, we will dig a little deeper. What is valuable and worth protecting at our school? What would those specific guardians look like? We started this work with Rainey children today. They had wonderful ideas and we look forward to sharing them with you tomorrow.
This week we also welcome Jordan back! Because Brigitte is a frequent substitute in our school, we're choosing to say "See you later," rather than goodbye. Thank you, Brigitte, for being here for us for these six weeks!
Yesterday's Materials and Experiences
This and that....
Have a wonderful long weekend! Bon Voyage to those who are traveling!
Virtual Gallery Walk
Enthusiasm for the Transformers is going strong. We have been thrilled with the initial drawings made by the children and wanted to share them here. We can't wait to see where this will take us and we will be sure to keep you posted!
As children worked with collage, they carefully selected and positioned their materials. They demonstrated flexible thinking as they used materials to represent different things. In the collage above, Cape cut a red leaf image to be the stop sign. Cate used a small gear as the center of her flower. Children also demonstrated creativity in the way they attached materials to the base. For example, Remy left parts of the arms and legs un-glued, so that they could move!
Jade - I'm making a guardian.
Remy - I'm making a creature. This (eye on top) is the head.
Lucas - I'm making a collage.
Jade - I'm making Mickey Mouse (the top three "snowflake" circles look like Mickey Mouse). My guard is at night (as she added the star shapes).
Lucas - (As he looks at his finished collage). Mine is an obstacle course. You start on the eye.
Cate - I'm making a guardian head and body (center flower pieces). A flower dress. It's a flower girl. A flower guardian.
Building a Zoo
A Quick Look at our Week....
Thanks to all of the KW parents who were on the PTC call this morning! If you joined us, you could see the children's enthusiasm for our neighborhood explorations. As we reviewed video, conversations, and the amazing drawings, we noticed genuine interest in the Transformers. We're planning more conversations and work with materials to explore the ideas children expressed. On Friday, we will walk with the Tucker KW crew to the waterfront, an experience that the Rainey Room children had a couple of weeks ago.
Here's a look at the Transformer drawings that
children did last week!
A Tranformer Trip!
On our neighborhood walks, the journey can be as interesting as the destination. Children took time to look at the old call boxes along our route. They also noticed American and DC flags, Holy Trinity school, the wave mural, and Mr. Fox.
Not everyone wanted to build a transformer. Children helped to gather interesting images and materials for collages that could be a robot, a monster, an animal, or any sort of creature. Today, Elle, Marley, and Lochie worked on this. Sometimes their ideas changed as they were presented with different materials.
Elle - (Initially drawn to images of jewelry) I'm trying to make a fancy mummy.
Violet - I'm making a cat. I'm making him look beautiful.
Lochie - This is a leaf robot. with leaf hands and a leaf shaped head.
Violet - I'm making this kitty a pretty dress.
Elle - (Laughing) My kitty has a corn body.
Lochie - I want to draw the body. (Violet incorporated a lot of drawing in her collage as well.)
Lochie - (Starting his second collage). The body for this is a big flower.
Violet - (With a heart image) This is a pillow for the kitty. I'll add another heart and make it more beautiful.
In the studio area, children worked on negative space paintings. These were done on black paper, giving them a mosaic-like quality.
Have a great weekend! We're looking forward to seeing everyone for Valentine's/Pajama Day!
The Mosaics in our Environment
Last month we finished our mosaic work and children are enthusiastic about seeing them in our school. Here's the before and after photos!
Children's impressions and reflections:
Jade - I noticed the mosaic . I was surprised! I remember working on it.
Lucas - I never did mosaics before (this year). I used a knife to put on the grout.
Lochie - I was happy to see them.
Nora - I wasn't sure that it was ours (in the children's bathroom) because we did the white grout. (We later showed her the mosaic with the white grout in the adult's bathroom.)
Finlay - (As he pulled Sam over to see the mosaic). We made this! In KW!
Even other the Brown Room appreciated out work...
Mimi - (Pointing at and touching the mosaic). Beautiful.
Ellie - All the way around (while pointing to the tiles on the mosaic). All the way around on the top
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