A Quick Look at our Week!
We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving Break!
We will continue working with our individual mosaics and introduce printing experiences. KW has also volunteered to make a holiday gift for Gini, the priest at St. John's. Since these children are well-versed in committee work, we will begin by asking her a few questions. We can't wait to get started!
"We're both using glue." Giacomo
"Can I show you how? You move (the pencil) around (the edge) until you make a shape." - Jade
"I can make circles, too" - Frances
KW has been using geometrical stencils and in our work as we expand our knowledge of shapes, similarity and relative size. Children were encouraged to experiment with the stencils and transform various shapes and designs. We were fascinated to learn about different shapes, how they connected and what we could transform them into.
Jade uses the stencils in her work. As she draws, Lily join the table and watches Jade.
Jade: I can trace
Jade shows Lily how to use the stencils
Jade: Lily, this is how you make a circle
As we became comfortable with the new tools, friends learn that they could combine the stencil shapes to make new creations.
Bea: I'm going to do all the shapes
Lily: I want this one. It has six sides. I can add six.
Bea: See what I'm doing?
Bea copies the semi circle without using the stencil.
Bea: I'm going to make something cool.
She adds a rhombus and a few diamonds.
Bea: It will be a space ship.
Bea: Thats my face
KW children use a combination of scissors and wire cutters to break up the jewelry. After the jewelry is broken up, they are encouraged to sort the beads so that they organized and easily accessible for future projects.
Finlay: "I'm trying to focus."
Finlay separates blue beads from a necklace.
Finlay: "We should make a blue section."
Wilder: "This is the blue section."
Lily: Is this all old jewelry?
Bea: This is from a pirate I bet!
Finlay finds a piece with a large, intricate design
Bea: This is 100 years old. It's very black.
Finlay: Maybe dinosaurs made it!
Cape chooses a rainbow image and starts building.
Cape - The rainbow is going through there (his building).
Jade joins in and together they build in a criss-cross fashion for stability.
Jade - We’re trying to catch the rainbow.
Cape - We’re catching the rainbow! It’s in a cave. Lock it in!
Wilder - I have a good idea.
Jade - What’s your idea?
Wilder - We could use longer blocks and it would be easier.
The rainbow is now projected on the wall that they built.
Wilder - Look! The rainbow is going through the blocks. It’s a really big problem.
Cape - (Looking at the backside of the blocks) I don’t see the rainbow back here. (Indicating that the rainbow did not actually go through the blocks!)
Finlay joins in and the group decides to build over to the side of their existing wall. The rainbow is also projected on these blocks.
Finlay - Look! We’re making it more powerful.
There is almost noting projected on the screen, the projection is primarily on their building.
Wilder - There’s just that little line of light (left on the screen).
Finlay - I’m not trying to block the bugs. I’m trying to get rid of them.
Wilder - And I’m trying to block the bugs AND get rid of them.
The group works on making a stable building.
Finlay - Lots of criss-cross. That’s good.
Wilder - Yeah, we blocked the mouth. That’s good. The mouth of the snake.
Once again, the projection is on the blocks.
Wilder - Oh Jade, come, look at this!
Jade - Oh-oh!
Wilder - We’ll have to block it.
They add another block, but the same thing happens.
Finlay - it just keeps coming!
Jade - If we have a window and the light can come in and crush the bugs. We can shoo them.
Capers: Look! Mine stands up!
Wilders: See how I can crease it?
Today the background images were different and children used animals in place of people. The builders began by focusing building a block wall for the images.
Jack - We're trying to get the image on the blocks.
Giacomo - Maxon had a great idea, blocking that space.
Maxon - Yeah, blocking the screen.
Jack - Maxon's a genius!
The projected image looked great on the blocks, but it didn't make shadows on the shadow screen. An adjustment was made to create a scene which included buildings and shadows.
Giacomo - It's an animal planet. The animals act like humans.
Nora - (Adding blocks) Does this look good?
Jack - Yeah, Nora, that's great!
Marley - This part is a deer home.
Maxon - The predators are way on top.
Nora - The predators are trying to get along.
By the end of the afternoon, more children joined in and all the animals were able to get along!
This week we are creating color tiles for our mosaic using hard leather clay and a variety of under glazes. KW children cut small tiles from the larger slab with different cutting tools, focusing on their fine motor skills.
Lucas: Look how small I can cut it! -
Wilder: This is too giant. I can make it smaller. Giant isn't what we want
Some friends opted to draw their costumes or pajamas from over the weekend. We thought about what made the clothing special, what we liked most about it and what we wanted to share with our peers. As our work progressed, we connected and discussed who we could have liked with us during our trick or treating.
Frannie: Did you know I wore a blue dress and an apron for my costume? See.
Lily: What were you for Halloween?
Bea: I was a princess. Cinderella. I wore a red and white dress.
Lily: I was a princess, too.
Bea watches Lily draw and mimics how Lily drew her dress
Bea: Can I use (Cate's cut out) to trick or treat with me?
Lily: Did she go with you, Bea?
Bea: No, but I want her to.
Lily: You might want to use another pencil because that one is not pointy.
Wilder: Yeah, it's kind of flat.
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