Friday, April 29th, 2022
KW has turned out a lot of messages for incoming children! This morning we noticed that Tucker Room was using clay for some messages. We decided to incorporate more materials in our message making as well. This afternoon, sewing, watercolors, and paper folding were available in addition to our more traditional message materials.
Thank you and Happy Birthday, Brigitte!
Children have also been making special messages for Brigitte this week. Today was her birthday and we were so happy to have her work with us and to deliver the messages in person.
This and that....
Here's some of the other things that have kept us busy this week:
Enjoy these images and have a great weekend!
Thursday, April 28, 2022
We hope to see you tonight for our discussion of children's books. Ashley Nartey, Director of Diversity at NCRC, will talk about books that serve as "Windows, Mirrors, and Sliding Glass Doors." Many of these books are read in KW on a regular basis. Here's some thoughts on our current favorites.
Wednesday, April 27 2022
A Scaly Rhino Body
"It can be scaly like a snake." - Bea
As Luke and Bea built the body, they agreed that the body should have scales. After thinking about the different strategies they could use to create a scaly texture, they decided on making the scales with flat clay. After they made the scales, they scored the scales and added slip so the pieces would attach easily onto the body.
Luke: The slip makes them stick.
Luke and Bea add several scales to the body
Luke: We are making the best. It is looking really good.
Bea explains the process of adding scales in the afternoon:
Perfecting the Head
Clay as a Gift
Several of the children who were not working on the guardian used clay to make gifts. KW decided to create a clay serving bowl for someone who will be moving off of the School Board next year.
Remy - We’re making a bowl for someone we don’t know. She’s a nice lady, so we’re making her a gift.
Rolling Out the Clay
Our Work in Progress on Tuesday:
On Wednesday, Lucas and Remy glazed the pieces that they had made yesterday. Jade and Wilder chose to start new pieces. As has been demonstrated with the clay guardian, forming a 3D clay structure can be tricky. Wilder first made a flat Archelon, but it became evident that it would not hold together and may be too long to fit in the kiln. Eventually, he made a volcano. Jade liked the idea and made one for herself.
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Looking at our week!
This week, we will put finishing touches on our well-established guardians and really get working on our clay guardian. As we expect to complete the guardians in the few weeks, we will also talk with children about what they would like to do for their remaining KW days. We have already heard from Wilder that he would like more printing experiences!
Friday, April 22, 2022
All the Shiny Things!
The Constellation Guardian
Across the room on Thursday, children were creating new shiny items. The wrapped a variety of found materials, such as corks, shells, and small pieces of wood in foil.
Today children worked with wire to attached their shiny pieces to the body of the constellation guardian. Children reflected on their use of the material as they worked.
Giacomo : Tucker Room has a lot of experience with wire.
Reed: It (wire) bends. You can use it for no-touch wire.
Jack: It's bendable. Some of it is hard to bend and some of it is easy to bend. One type of wire can be cut with scissors.
Nora: (Taking stock of all the work being done) This is getting very shiny! (Finding another piece that she want to attach) Treasure!
Reflecting on the need for our guardians...
Lochie: Are there really bad guys coming to the school?
Jill: Probably not.
Lochie: So, this is really sort of just for fun.
Children also worked with shiny materials such as glittery paper, gems, and sequins to make messages for incoming children and other special people!
Some All-Time Favorites
This group loves building, playing and working together. Here's some of the other things that filled our days:
Thanks to the parents who attended our presentation on Wednesday morning!
Message Center Guardian
While making decisions on the mouth, children drew new version of the mouth. In its final version, the guardian will have more than one mouth.
Finlay - Every time he bites, he gets lava in his mouth and that makes him more powerful.
Deciding on nose possibilities:
Wilder - How ‘bout we do this? Glue the pen on for a nose. It’s pointy and straight.
Jade - Or we could glue a cap from the glue or a cap from a marker.
Today we decided to focus on water colors. The children used a variety of different ideas as inspiration for their work. Using our previous knowledge of the language, the children decided, depending on their goals, whether they wanted to started with permanent mark to sketch their idea first or begin immediately with water colors.
Last week, children explored the idea of jet packs for the shiny things guardian. Yesterday, Elle, Marley and Lochie were invited to use the pictures of jetpacks they drew last week as inspiration for making a “real” jetpack for the shiny guardian. The first thing they did was look at the collected materials and decide what the pieces could be. Lochie: This rope could be buckles to hold onto the jetpack.
Marley: (Thinking about the different types of jetpacks) There’s no water here, so it has to be the flying jetpack.
As children assessed the materials, they initially disliked the materials for wings.
Marley: This (shiny material) is too skinny.
Lochie: This one is too fat. Wait. If we cut it in half, it makes two wings.
Jordan: If we split this in half, do you think they would be the right size?
Lochie: (Looking at the gas tank in the picture of the jetpack) We need tubes. They go straight and then curve and go into the jet.
Marley: Maybe we need this paper because it's shiny and this is for the shiny guardian.
Elle: And these (stickers) could be for the buttons.
Marley: These are thing wings. Elle, do you want to help me?
Elle: Sure. These can be crystal and these can be buttons (pointing to shiny materials).
CC joins and looks at the progress. She does not like the materials.
C.C.: Nope. It needs more metals parts.
Jordan: Do you see anything that would fit the idea you have?
Jordan: That’s ok. How about if we look in the Tucker closet and find something closer to what you were imagining.
C.C.: Ok (CC collects hinges, bolts, and other small metal objects) This is perfect.
C.C. spends time creating a base for the jetpack with found metal pieces and wire.
Today children worked to attach things to the jet pack wings that couldn't be attached with wire. There was a special focus on the tubes which were a part of Lochie's drawing.
Marley: These are the tubes. I’m going to add some buttons.
Lochie: These can the the tubes where the fire comes out.
Marley: Good job, Violet. Me and Voiolet need to put a few more on. Violet, you can go first.
Lochie: This part is where the fuel comes.
Children have continued their work on the constellations guardian's body. As they work , they put into practice a techniques that they learned while working on the constellations themselves: no- touch wire. Instead of merely stringing beads and found objects on wire, children incorporate a twist or loop in the wire between items in order to space them out.
Reed: I went through it here and it did not touch. It's very close, but it did not touch.
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