Children were given the opportunity to create videos or photographs of shadows and movement. Here's some of Lane's photography which seems to capture shadow, light, movement, and relationships:
As teachers, we observed the children noticing shadow, light, the ways their bodies could move to achieve a goal such as make their bodies move faster on the swings, or overcome a challenge like climbing up and through the curved bars. We also observed a general joy in being together and the building of relationships and connections between children and their experiences. Lane noted while on the swings, "My shadow is perfect. It even shows my laces!" Sam tried physical movements we haven't seen from him before and he started a game of running into the "woods" to the count of ten and returning when a teacher called, "Ten!" Leigh and Lou Lou inspired and challenged one another during climbing on the large monkey bars, and Lou Lou introduced the children to Chimpunky's tree. (Chipmunky is a friend of Lou Lou and her sister, Ellie who we've made a tradition of visiting on KW trips to Montrose Park.) Lou Lou and Sam spent time gathering acorns for Chimpunky and building things for her such as a bed of leaves. Meanwhile Lane and Leigh swung and pushed one another on the swing.
Enjoy the slideshow of our time at the park and have a wonderful weekend!
We look forward to seeing what thoughts come out of our fun research at the park today and in the days to come.
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