What does it mean to connect?
As we have been reflecting on our work over the past few weeks (6-ish), we realized that we have come back to a word that we discussed (amongst ourselves) quite a bit at the beginning of the school year: connection(s). As you may recall, our Fall Classroom Stories night focused on the development of relationships and the connections that the children were making with each other, the languages, our classroom, and the school in general. Recently, with Cedar's trip to Kenya, we have returned to connections by way of message making, bridges, owls, airplanes, marking our package's path on a map, marking other locations on maps, FaceTime calls to connect with Cedar, and more. At the beginning, the conversations focused on how to get our package of messages to Cedar, and as we began to explore some of their theories, they began to draw and construct bridges and owls; ways to connect with Cedar while she was away. The structure of a bridge, and the ability to extend the bridge from point A to point B, and then to point C, opened up this new way of thinking about connections.
Today, as part of laying some foundational thought process for how we can make connections/bring things together/extend smaller marks (bridges, pathways), we offered a long piece of paper, with two different colors of tape on each end, and asked, "What does it mean to connect?" and "How can we connect our blue tape to our green tape?"
How could we connect our blue tape to our green tape?
"Put pencils right there." - Reed
"Draw." - Audrey
"Allllllll the way to Cedar." - Reed
"Maybe I can do it on a different side?" - Sylvie