"I'm snipping it." -Lucia
Cut, cut, snip... Thank you to Carola and Kim!
Here we go dancing into the weekend!
"What is this? I can't cut it." - Cedar
A few weeks ago, while working on Lochie's birthday gift, Cedar discovered a piece of wire that had been removed from some ribbon that she was attempting to cut into smaller pieces. This led to a brief introduction of wire, what it feels like, how it bends, and the special tool (wire cutters) that is required to cut it. Cedar and Sylvie both found that placing the wire between the small teeth of the wire cutters required precision and concentration.
"I pull it, twist it, and it goes." - Sylvie
Over the course of the two days, we observed a few consistent interactions among the children as they worked, and their direct interaction with the wire.
Many children began to bend the wire so that the tips were touching, and they had created a circle in a way that we had not anticipated. Additionally, they attempted to stand their creations up on the tips of the wire (e.g. Sylvie created a loop and placed the tips on the carpet and proclaimed, "It's a mountain."). As they twisted, turned, and wrapped the wire (around their fingers, animals, etc.), we could see a relationship developing between the children and the wire.
Working in close proximity offered a beautiful opportunity to observe and engage with the ideas and actions of the other children. Their words, movements, reactions, and enthusiasm flowed among them. (Contamination of knowledge)
Day 2: Audrey, Jane, and Marley make their collages
(In accordance with the Reggio Emilia pedagogy, the environment is valued as a third teacher, and so changing up the space can help to facilitate an experience. In order to accommodate the continuation of place card collages, we switched the message center with the blue table.)
"What's that smell?" -Marley
An annual autumn phenomenon occurs on several streets lined with Ginkgo Trees.
As the autumn season begins, the Ginkgoes become more noticeable as their berries ripen and their leaves begin transforming from green to gold. Then, almost all at once, and in tandem with a temperature drop, the leaves of the Ginkgo trees drop in abundance.
One after the next, the Ginkgo leaves drift from the branches and lightly land upon the ground, until the the sidewalk and street are filled with the chartreuse and golden leaves.
Today we got the pleasure of going outside to Potomac St. and embracing this natural phenomenon by playing in the autumn collage of brightly colored Ginkgo leaves.
"Can I play with you." -Giacomo
"We're holding hands." -Marley
"I can't see Jessica. I can see Reedy in this one." Reed
"We're mixing colors!" -C.C.