Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Something New with Glue
Yesterday children used glue in a new way... they drew with it! Bea explained the process:
"You take a paper and then you draw with glue. Then you wait until it dries and then you paint and let it dry."
The children recently made individual and collaborative mosaics and this process will yield a mosaic-like result. The process also connects to the negative-space watercolors that children did last month.
Transforming our Prints
As children worked with dendritic prints last week, they had several ideas about what the resulting work resembled. "Seaweed" was a common repose and Finlay thought his blue print looked like the ocean. Children were invited to transform some of their prints, perhaps collaging underwater scenes. We had done another kind of printing in 2021, and asked children to cut them and use them in other work. At that time, they had been resistant, perhaps not wanting to damage their previous efforts. Yesterday, they were willing to transform some of their prints into new possibilities.
As these three children worked on their multi-media creations, they often shared ideas.
Jade - (Looking at one of her prints). This looks like a sunset, or a brain, or seaweed.
Cate - Can I draw on here? I can draw seaweed.
Jade - I'm going to make a submarine.
Cate - I'll do a submarine, too. Look at this fish.... with bubbles.
Remy - That's ( a curvy part of her drawing) the rollercoaster that makes hearts. The fishes' hearts.
Jade - There's a snowman under here. It's cold water. I'm making purple and blue and green seaweed. And orange.
From Transformations to Transformers!
Jade - I think Jordan would like this field trip, but he's not here.
During our walk, it was clear that children had several neighborhood landmarks in mind. They remembered which house Frannie's grandfather lives in and many children recognized the bagel shop. As we were walking back to school, we decided to head up the hill and past the front of Holy Trinity.
Cate- Yes, that's the only way to get to O Street.
A Look at Tablesetting
In the Five Things email last week, it mentioned that the next PTC meeting would feature short videos from each class. KW was thinking of sharing table setting videos, but we've decided to go a different direction. We thought we would share them here instead. As they set the table, children love to develop beautiful centerpieces. You will also notice that sometimes a child will add an individual item (e.g. a shell) for each child. As children put out the name cards, they are working with counting and one-to one correspondence. They also make thoughtful decisions about who should sit where. As you can see, this relatively simple, everyday experience combines, creativity, cognition, and social elements.
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