Friday, March 31, 2023
Traces of Reggio in Small World
A Neighborhood Walk
While we were in Reggio Emilia, we noticed with that the life of the city served as inspiration for the work of the children. We wanted to resume getting out into our neighborhood and today we walked through Georgetown. Luke had suggested checking out the big green chair on the Duke Ellington campus, so that was our first stop. On the return to school, we passed a fire station and had a chance to play at Volta Park. Many thanks to Alicia who accompanied us on our trip!
Cherry Blossoms are continued to show up in our work
with materials and table setting!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Spring in Bloom
Building with Italian Doors
While in Italy, we took photos of various doors that we saw as we walked around the city. These were mounted on unit blocks and added to both small and large building areas.
Monday, March 27, 2023
We are looking forward to having KW back in action tomorrow! It was great to see many of your for conferences. During conference time, we had a request to visit the Big Green Chair on the Duke Ellington Campus>. We are going to try to make that happen on Thursday! There will also be traces of our Reggio trip in KW. Children will be building with a series of Reggio doors that we photographed on our trip! There will also be plenty of materials work including watercolors, drawing, and sewing.
Tuesday, March 14, 2023
Our Short Week!
There was just one day of KW this week and our group was super small. Children continued to work on sewing pillows for their small world animals.
Zari, Mimi, and Remy all dictated stories and began the illustrations for books. While other children have based the story lines on small world scenarios, these children made up stories from their imagination.
We look forward to talking with many of you during the conference days. Have a fantastic spring break!
Friday, March 10, 2023
Baking Banana Bread!
If you attended the presentation this morning, we hope you had a chance to sample the banana bread made by KW yesterday. Cooking projects remain one of our favorite afternoon experiences!
Buildings Big and Small
Children spent time creating new environments in small world.
There was also building on a larger scale as well.
Materials and Messages
Children were also engaged in glazing clay, illustrating their stories, painting, and making messages.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Counting, Graphing, Adding, Subtracting...
Last week, children worked on a graph to indicate which words were popping up most frequently for use in a new name for KW. One problem was quickly identified. We had used a series of circles to indicate the number, but the circles were not all the same size. Therefore, it wasn't easy to "read" which word was used the most. We improved the graph this week by using units of equal size.... unified blocks.
We hope to see you Friday morning as we share the process of the KW name change!
Children also continued working on paintings and weavings.
Tuesday, March 8, 2023
A Quick Look at our Week
We are looking forward to sharing the KW name change process with families on Friday morning. As we prepare, children will be making a more readable graph and cooking a treat for sharing at the event. Messages are always popular, and today some children made "get well" messages for Karen. Studio experiences will include weaving, painting, and sewing.
Friday, March 3, 2023
Working with Words and Numbers
Our community has enthusiastically participated in thinking about new names for KW. We appreciate everyone's contributions to this process. Now is a good time to take stock of where we are. Yesterday and today we asked children to locate individual words, mark the words with an item, count the words, and tally them in a simple graph. In addition to the math experiences involved, the process also involved the ability to recognize words.
This process offered useful information, but did not give us a final answer. In order to come closer to completing this process, we are inviting families and children to s special morning meeting:
KW Name Change Morning Coffee
Almost every experience in small world involves as story. For example, here is one of the scenarios that emerged yesterday.
Finlay - We were trying to tell a story in small world. The robber is running away with the diamonds.
Hugh - And he (the robber) was easy to catch because he was a tortoise!
Finlay - And they put him in jail.
Hugh - And this (rhino) is a bad guy and he was helping the robber, but he took fake diamonds!
Michael - And this stingray is protected from the bad guys and everything he doesn't like.
Cape and Saul have been the first to put their books together. Their stories are inter-related as the two children often play together in small world. Cape's uses characters in a lion family and Saul has an owl that is a famous chef. The owl often cooks for the lion family and other visiting animals. We'll keep you posted as other books are published!
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