Sweet Small Group Times Together
On these smaller days at KW we really get to hone in on some of the moments that we experience every day...just in a closer context. This slide show gives an example of some of those sweetly shared moments in our day:
Maren and Lane began translating their headband designs into 3D work. Here's a closer look at their processes so far:
Margaret had decided she would like to make a wood sewing so she made a plan to drill holes in wood today. Margaret bravely and competently handled the drill as she placed holes for her sewing. After deciding she had made enough holes, she got to work sewing alongside Maren who was continuing her sewing piece.
Margaret noticed a shell with a hole, "We can sew with this shell because it has a hole." She showed problem solving when she realized her needle was too thick to go through a certain button, "Next time I'll use a skinny needle."
Margaret and Maren's Work in Progress:
Also today, children returned to their watercolor designs from yesterday and peeled away the tape, revealing the negative space between the paint!
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We look forward to more headband designs, wood sewing,
Margaret Opens her Welcome Surprise
True to KW tradition, Margaret received her official welcome surprise gift! She opened the present Candice has made for her to use each day in KW. (Everyone was excited to see Margaret's gift as they have been anticipating this moment since Margaret joined us last week!) Margaret explained what she already knew about the place card, "It's for me to use at the table so I know where I sit (for lunch)." Margaret then had her first turn setting the table with Maren.
Lou Lou and Leigh
Louise spent time thinking about how the wire would serve as a frame for her falling petals design. She also thought about the supporting structure as she placed wire on her head. As she worked, Grace M. asked her, "Are you making it like Coco Chanel?"
Grace worked on her heart headband design. Her first step was to carefully construct a wire heart. She did this by following her heart painting with wire. At that point, she began sewing her blue cellophane to the wire.
It was Taco Wednesday for Joslin! She began with the idea of making her taco shell out of cardboard. When the cardboard didn't cut well (even with our fancy scissors), she moved on to brown paper. When the design didn't transfer to her satisfaction, she moved on to white panel board. Having cut out the taco shell shape, she moved on to gluing on the "sauce" and "spice" materials she selected yesterday. This took time and persistence, but she confidently stated, "I'm not going to stop."
Grace's butterfly was another exercise in perseverance. Her initial plan with the wire was to make each of the four loops individually. However, that presented challenges in getting them to stay together . With Jen's initial assistance, she moved on to working with one long piece to create the entire butterfly and then added beads. We're looking forward to even more of these creatures in the days to come.
Leigh and Lou Lou
Leigh and Lou Lou were eager to move from design to implementation today. Perhaps taking inspiration from the rainbow design in the Tucker Room mini-studio, they decided to trace their rainbows on clear plastic, and glue on appropriately colored materials. Upon finding a perfect "crystal," they talked about making "the heart of the school." Lou Lou - I should do the heart of the school. I found this crystal that looks like a heart. The heart of the school means that anyone can come to this school. Unless they're mean.
Leigh - Everyone's nice.
Little help from our Friends
We were thrilled to have Jen work with us this afternoon. It was her expertise that helped us launch so much headband work today. Children also pitched in to help their friends when an extra set of hands was necessary.
Children worked with watercolors to explore the concept of negative space. Presented with papers that had geometric designs made with tape, the filled in the spaces with paint. When the paint dries, they can peel off the paint to see the white space revealed. Everyone worked on watercolors today, but only Gigi had the opportunity to take off the tape. More cool patterns to come!
This week we are getting started with headband work. Today some children started by choosing the materials that they will work with to bring their ideas to life. The translation from a two dimensional design to a three dimensional item is challenging. As children select materials for their work, they carefully consider the properties and potentialities of those materials. Children's knowledge of materials was evident as they made their choices today.
Louise chose small items to represent petals. Lou Lou excitedly helped her select materials, leading Louise to caution, "Not too much stuff." This is a practical suggestion: we want the headband structure to be able to support the materials.
Louise - "There's a wire that goes above and around the neck."
She plans to attach materials coming down from the wire.
We had another opportunity for binding books. For our Thursday/Friday crew this was their first day to begin binding books. Children made covers, added titles, and added details to covers already started previously.
"It's a different kind of sewing."
In reflecting on the recent headband and headwear designs, we thought about the cognition needed to visualize a three dimensional design in one's mind and then translate that on the two dimensional page. We were also curious how children are thinking about the practical aspects of their design; such as visualizing how, or what is needed, to make their elaborate designs wearable.
Wood & Clay Sewing
During our discussion of possible plans at meeting...
Jack: "I want to sew on wood."
Jill: "Is sewing on wood or clay the same as sewing on fabric?"
Leigh: "It's sort of the same as sewing on fabric but it's a little bit different because it has holes...the holes were bigger."
Thank you, Katherine & Sam for the delicious treat!!
As a special surprise, after lunch we all enjoyed brownies made by Katherine Boone. The children were delighted with the red hearts placed on top and everyone agreed how incredibly delicious the brownies were. In fact, we hardly took a photo to document this highlight of our day in between devouring the goodies!
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