Today we took a walk to the Koi pond on the Georgetown University campus. While observing the fish, the children noted differences in color and size. Grace described the fish as a family, "That's the mommy and the daddy and those are the sisters."
We asked the children if they would like to draw the fish pond and all three agreed. We took out clipboards, pens, and colored pencils; Tegan, Louise, and Grace began drawing right away. We quickly noticed the children working off of each other's ideas such as when Grace made "muddy water" by blending a few colors together, Tegan decided to try this. Louise wanted to show her drawing to the fish when she was finished working and Grace determined she would do this as well.
The children were observant about the way the water looked in the waterfalls and in the lower level of the pond; they depicted the ways the fish looked inside this water as well with shades of oranges covered in the various tones of "muddy water." Grace and Louise took photos of the pond and waterfalls and spent some time observing the waterfalls close up:
Grace - The filled up water is going down there.
Jessica - I wonder where all the water is coming from to fill this up? (The top level above the waterfalls.)
Louise - Maybe its so much rain.
Photos by Grace and Louise
Upon returning to the school, we stopped to observe the new mirrors on the stairway. The children began working on some self-portraits using their reflections in the mirrors. We hope to revisit this work in the days to come.
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