What Makes us Unique?
I thought it would be pretty and it was. Especially this. - Lily
Is it time for pumpkins? The trees haven't changed. - Jade
Enjoying the fall colors by painting Marigolds on the light table
Warming up Our Minds and Bodies
What changed? - Jordan
Your hands and your legs - Bea
What do you mean? How did they change - Jill
His legs were together and now they're out - Wilder
After lunch, we had a group discussion about how we see people. This was both an exercise for the children and an opportunity for Jill and Jordan to better understand how KW children perceived the world around them. We used the same discerning eyes we used in the previous game to try and figure out similarities and differences there are between the KW teachers.
These are our family collages. What do you see that's similar our my and Jordan's family. - Jill
You have flowers on your dress and he has a blue dress. Wilder
They’re not dresses, their shirts. Bea
He has black pants and you have blue pants
Is that fabric the same? - jordan
No, this is shiny - Jade
Jordan has red shoes and Jill has white shoes.
This is too easy. Your hair is different. Finlay
Your hair is black and your hair is grey - Wilder
I have a difference. He is brown and you are white. Bea
You’re wearing glasses and you’re not - Wilder
You have a beard. A tiny, tiny beard - Bea
You’re a girl and Jordan is a boy - Bea
Jordan has whiskers and you don’t - Wilder
Oh that’s tricky - Finlay
You’re both wearing white socks. Wilder
You work different jobs but you still work. You teach kids in the school. Bea
Like our parents work, but not at school. Jade
Oh, do we both have parents? Jill
You both have a mom and a dad. Bea
Jordan’s body is brown and your body is white. Wilder.
I have another difference. Jordan has brown eyes and you have blue eyes. Finlay
What Makes a Family?
During our training with Debbie Lee Keenan, we discussed several activities and strategies to explore diversity through the eyes of the children. One activity, which the KW team was particularly excited about introducing, is the family card game. A number of pictures are laid out in front of the children. The cards have people of different gender, age, nationality, race and religion. The children used the cards to make families.
Bea lines up a third “family.” Skin color does not seem to limit her choices about who can be a family. She does pay attention to the ages portrayed.
Jade - (Coming to the table) What are you doing?
Bea - Let’s make a big family.
Jade - Yeah! This could be the mommy. Or this could be a king and a queen.
Bea - Yeah, we can have a queen.
Jade - And this could be the mom and this….. (holding another woman) there could be two mommies.
Bea - I’ll make a girl family.
Jade - Let’s make a big family of boys and girls.
Lily joins the next day
Lily: This is my dad. This is my mom. This is a queen. They all look nice.
Jordan: Why did you choose those people?
Lily: The other ones didn't look as chic.
Jordan: Who is that person?
Jordan points to Lil Nas X
Lily: That's a boy. He's wearing lots of gold jewels. He's in the family, too.
Cate makes a family next
How to Catch a Bug
No rainbows today. The clouds blocked out the sun. We were forced to come up with a new idea. KW decided to try and make bug/animal catchers. According to the children, we needed specific materials:
Cate: A fence
"There's a tunnel in there. It leads to a dead end." - Wilder
Our First Attempt at Animal Traps
The next day, Cate invite Wilder and other friends to come back at try to make new traps.
Cate: We need a lot of cages
Wilder: Maybe we can make a roof.
Cate: He'll never get out of this!
Bea and Lily disagree with the plan but Wilder has a solution
Wilder: You can make a house over here (Lily) and we can make a trap over there.
Lily: I'm making the floor.
Bea: I'm making the bed. I'm measuring it. The blocks measure her.
Lily: This is a bunny path. These are the stairs to the downstairs kitchen.
Photographs taken by Bea and Lily
Collaborating to Catch the Rainbow
Finlay has developed a system of 3 baskets to trap the rainbow. The other friends positively reflect on each other's work.
Cape: I really know how yours works, Jade. Does the rainbow go into that hole?
Jade: Yea. The air comes up and out and sends the rainbow away.
Cape: Can we amok shutter house?
Jade: I like your house!
Frannie: I like your house, too!
Cape makes some adjustments
Cape: I'm in the shutter house
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