Light and Reflection
As we reviewed our light conversations and finding light photos from last week, we noticed a few recurring ideas. Children talked about light helping us to see and making things less scary. They also noted that light made things shiny and paid attention to reflections. Today we included experiences that explored light and reflection. In the construction area, children built with light and shiny and/or reflective materials.
Joslin and Evelyn
Evelyn started a building with a light that was centered on a mirror. After Joslin finished painting (more on that later), she came over and worked with Evelyn. Joslin added some sheer netting saying, "We can still see it (the light.). The girls worked together, eventually putting more things under the netting. They also added small LED candles on top of the netting.
Joslin - It's a candle building. You can go in there and get warmed up. It's called a warm-up building.
Jill - So, the lights you added do more than just light it up.
Joslin - Yeah, 'cause it's getting colder out, so I thought people could go in there and warm up.
Later, Evelyn and Joslin added small, colored plastic pieces.
Jill - So, not all the materials that you used are shiny.
Joslin - Yes, but the light makes them shiny.
Grace was immediately attracted to the small flashlights that were available. She built a lighthouse structure that could support the lights. With the lights on top, she added a graduated stack of blocks along the side saying, "There's a stairway."
Grace - ( After adding a flashlight to to the top that was balanced on a block.) This works. Maybe one on each side. (She adds another mini-flashlight on top.) These are mirrors (adding some mirrors around the base of the building).
Sally - (Walking over and noticing the blue stained glass blocks around the flashlights) I noticed something. When you look here, it looks like a blue light. I really like it.
Grace - Thank you.
Lou Lou - (Coming to the area shortly before clean up time.) This looks so like a lighthouse. (With Grace's permission, Lou Lou adds some decorations at the top of the lighthouse.)
Finding Shiny Stuff
Austin, Louise, and Lou Lou set out to find shiny materials and objects around the school. As they collected, they thought about how the materials might be used.
Louise - I know, we can make a present. It would be a monster shiny present. You have a big box, you stick shiny stuff on, and then you hold hands to everybody, and then you make a wish. And we close our eyes and then it will go to the atelier.
Lou Lou - We can make a ginormous book. The book is going to be lie four or five pages. And this (metal hose) will be the book mark and this (sifter) can be the closer, and this (copper brillo-like stuff) will be on the front and on the back. And then, we will sprinkle these (glass stones) so it will look pretty, and then, put this (menorah) so it's like a candle. You can glue it on the book.
Austin - We could make a cake or something.
There will certainly be more ideas as we continue to collect shiny stuff and think about the potentialities of these materials.
Sources of Light
Children worked with drawing and watercolors to create stunning images of light sources. Today, they focused on the sun and stars.
KW's light conversations and photo collections are featured in the hallway documentation. Check it out!
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