Through the dialogue and reflection of children on their work for incoming children, we see children not only making connections to new relationships but also to one another and their community. They take into consideration what they know about individuals and incorporate these ideas in their work and in the continuation of building connections within the group.
On Seesaw we saw families sharing in the delight of this tradition, creating colorful cards and messages and including personal notes about what they like at St. John's. We observe the ways individuals consider how to ease the transition to a new school and experience. For the children moving on from St. John's, it also helps them reflect on their experience and ease toward their own transition by passing on memories and meaning to others in the community.
Relationships are always at the heart of what, why, and how we approach our work but they really stood out as a theme throughout all our synchronous and asynchronous interactions this week. Children looked for one another on Zoom calls and recalled memories of time spent in-person together, they made cognitive connections as they linked concepts and built off of one another's ideas, they told about their families and other relationships which are meaningful to them, and made suggestions for ideas based on their knowledge of one another.
One of the bonuses of the online platforms we continue to see are the ways we are able to connect to one another's families and home-lives in a way that wasn't previously as accessible. For instance, this week we were able to see and interact with many siblings including all of Leigh's sisters, Sam's sister Claire read to us on Seesaw, we had a surprise peek into the metal-work Jen's sons were working on at home, and we got to meet Ellie's friend, Matthias.
Jokes continued to be shared this week, bringing a certain playfulness and joy as a bridge and connection between us. We also spent a lot of time thinking about our connection to the earth and the similarities in observations of Spring signs and the nature around us. From these reflections, and others (like "Updating the KW Photo") as we near the end of the school year, growth arose as a theme leaving us thinking about what Jossie said on Seesaw:
"Nothing is better than having to grow." -Jossie
We look forward to continuing our reflections on the growth and learning shared this year in our time together this coming week as well as the joy of shared-explorations and simply being together.
And...just a little more from our week: some images from the materials work we did together on Zoom and continue to share on Seesaw related to printing cross-sections and sculpting tinfoil. We're loving seeing all your images and "tours" of the work you continue offline!
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