As is often the case for some children, giving time to allow new concepts to ruminate can bring about deeper understanding over time. This seemed to be the case for Maren as on her first day with the idea she chose mostly to observe the dancing. She took photos, wrote "notes," and created some backgrounds for the shadow ballet, but she wasn't ready yet to perform. However, today she arrived to KW with a full plan in place. Wearing her unicorn headband, she announced that she, Lane, Evelyn, and Grace David would perform a Unicorn Dance. When it came time to perform she confidently announced they would use the "My Little Pony music" and she had thoughts for her dancing partners on how they would dance the show.
Here is a small discussion at meeting about the children's plans for the story of their shadow dances, to which each child followed through on their plan when it came time to perform:
Q: We have been talking about our ideas for the story of our shadow ballet. Do you have any ideas to add today?
Maren and Lane: Unicorn Dance!
Lane: It's gonna be a story and it's gonna be about two unicorns and they're dancing.
Sally: We could dance in our own way. You can do whatever you want.
Sam: I'm gonna make a dinosaur movie.
While the children worked in these roles, they communicated more often and more intentionally than we had seen previously about their plans: how the children should move, when they noticed "your shadow is blocking my shadow," where to be in relation to the screen and light, etc.
A selection of some of the photography taken by children today:
Photography of light by Sam:
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