Game: People to People
Due to the weather, we started our time together indoors. Children were delighted during a game of People to People Jill taught us yesterday. In the game the children partner up and respond to action commands called out by the caller. For instance, the caller may say something like, "Toe to toe," or "Ankle to ankle and wrist to wrist." Children giggled at the silliness while seriously thinking about body parts and how to manipulate the body in order to meet the requests. At times there were silly or creative responses.
This game, while an opportunity to use and learn through the language of our bodies, also involved relationships. The game includes a command "people to people" which suggests everyone find a new partner. This created some new partner mixups than the children may have naturally gravitated toward as well as finding a beloved friend again on another turn. Children were challenged in a fun way to find ways of working together and experience closeness which builds relationships the children can later rely on in their work and explorations.
Our collage challenge continued today as some returned for another opportunity and others approached the experience for the first time. Children had to visualize the shapes needed to represent their intentions then carry out the necessary steps to create the shapes. They also were challenged to think beyond representing a lone house, for instance, and consider the house's relationship to the world, objects, and creatures around it. Take for instance Jack who thought he had finished his picture. He explained it to others but, in reviewing it, decided to add grass because "my house is in Woodley Park," where there would be grass in the environment. After this he added a few more details to his house.
The experience of a challenge gives children the opportunity to face potential cognitive obstacles and overcome them both by sharing ideas with one other and in working through perceived problems by creating a shift from cognitive to the physical. In this case, how to represent something which isn't there and with a new method (not using a drawing instrument!) Many children showed pride, confidence, and joy in the challenge such as Jack who said,
"This part was the hardest so I did it last. I like things that are challenging."
Hover to discover the creators and descriptions of today's completed collages:
Clay continued with clay slab preparations for future sewing and open clay. Check out the photos and captions for what the children got up to with clay:
A few children continued working with construction structures that have been made by Tucker and KW over the last couple of days.
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