As we've talked about before, nothing is done; everything can be a work in progress. One of our goals is for the environment to shift and change to meet the needs and interests of the children. Thursday morning, we made some choices on how to rearrange some of the furniture, and the set up of the tables. The children noticed immediately, and there was so much excitement.
The Persimmon Gradient
The studio table changes regularly, but the children were full of joy when they saw "all of the persimmons" on the table on Thursday.
"It [the paper] is the same size." - Sylvie, 4.10 years
"We could do all of them." - Reed, 4.7 years
On Friday, the persimmons were moved to a smaller table near the light table. This allowed us to set up something new at the studio, while still being able to invite the children to observe the persimmons, squish them, draw them, etc.
Black and White patterns
On Wednesday, C.C. and Lochie began drawing black and white patterns in the message center. We decided to provide additional materials to build on this initial work.
Light Table: Layering, Colors, Tints, Tones, and Shades
We know that it must be hard to not see the environment every day, so here is the "bigger picture" of what the environment looks like at the moment. The blue table has materials for "story telling collage" inspired by C.C. and Lochie's birthday committees. The round table (message center) has the black and white pattern materials (and message center materials and sewing on the shelves). The studio table had wire, beads, and other materials along with our gingko branch as we begin to think about our Thanksgiving centerpiece; we also wanted the opportunity to intentionally explore wire for the first time in Tucker Room. The low table was set up to inspire a Thanksgiving Feast based on the children's dramatic play earlier this week; they used a lot of the loose parts, benches, and trays to create a Thanksgiving feast on Tuesday. There will be more about this in the blog next week. The atelier was also set up for open exploration with the gadgets and machines on the table (they love these). Drawing materials were also nearby.
For now, the environment and a sneak peek at the feast!
In the Atelier
Wire - nests, birds, decor
Feast Sneak Peek
Group Snack outside, Photos, and a Cedar surprise!
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