Today, we wanted to take a moment to gauge what the children have been thinking about with all of the maps we've been exploring, making, pinning, and using. Sylvie observed yesterday, "There are so many maps." But what does this mean? What does a map mean to them? How do they think about them? What do they notice when they look at it? What can we do with it? What would we put on a map?
Sylvie and her mom brought in a wonderful book that really sparked conversation about this at morning meeting. We also took a minute to pin some more of their houses on our current maps, and revisited our conversation (specifically from yesterday) about how we need different maps to see different things.
The children have been drawing maps, unprompted by us, and they mention bridges, Cedar in Kenya, and other related concepts/ideas. We really want to take some time to gather information from them (and eventually, but always, you guys) about where we are in this journey.
A quick look at yesterday
Back to our regularly scheduled program (Today)
We asked them to take some time to notice this map. What colors do you see? Lines? What might the colors represent? etc. There was a corresponding color palette, and we offered them the opportunity to paint with the map.
"The blue is water. No, not water. Only pretend water." - Jack
"Yeah, because look [points to map], it's not these water." - Giacomo
"It's not coming down. And do you notice those orange dots? And orange is my favorite color." - Jack
Sylvie and Cedar also asked to paint with the map
"What do you notice?" "What do you see?" "What shapes/colors do you see?"
"What are you thinking about [while observing]?" "What is the tallest/shortest/widest thing you see?"
"How could you draw [insert thing they noticed] "Which tool [pencil, pen, marker, etc.] do you need to draw it?"