In the classroom, there continues to be an increased interest in "doctor" dramatic play, taking care of ourselves/each other, and conversations about our bodies. This week at morning meeting we wanted to get to know more about the children's specific interests in this area and their questions and knowledge about bodies.
"What do you know about your body?"
** differentiation between inside and outside (skin, bones, organs, blood)**
Wilder: I can feel my blood pumping in my body.
Sam: So we have blood in our body?
Frannie: And our bones are in our body.
Finlay: Inside your head is your bone, it is shaped like your head and inside inside of your bone is your brain. So your bone is inside of your head is protecting your brain.
Ines: So bones are are to protect what’s inside our body, our organs.
Sam: Organs, that means all of the things that help your body be alive. It’s on the inside of your body, we can’t see them.
Luke: I know blood is, and have bones. But a blood is inside. Bones are inside.
Daniel: Everything is inside your body, remember?
Ines: Everything? Are there parts of your body that are outside?
Sam: Is that inside or outside your body?
Daniel: It’s in your belly.
Sam: Luke, tell us about this painting.
Luke: It’s a organ.
Sam is reading the notes on the drawing "It’s a lung. Where air goes in."
Sam: Let’s take a deep breath. Inside your body are two organs that fill up with air in your chest, they help you breathe.
Bea: Your organs are protecting your body, when your body is protected and then it’s good and then you’re safe.
** interest in specific function of organs, protective qualities of body parts and exploring the question of safety and wellbeing **
Cate and Bea painting hearts with water colors
** interest in blood and circulatory system, injuries and healing process **
Wilder: Your heart pumps your blood around.
Sam: Do you know what your biggest organ is? Your skin! And does your skin protect your body? (Yes!)
Wilder: When someone scratches you and bited you that will go through your skin.
Daniel: Can you break your bone?
Remy: Yes. You know my dad breaks one of his bones.
Daniel: Did he die?
Remy: No! (he went to the doctor)
Luke: If you get sick you can die.
Ines: What happens when you scratch your skin?
Wilder: It breaks.
Ines: But does it stay like that?
Wilder: No, it heals. It’s not a cut anymore.
Wilder: Can I tell you something about bodies. It’s about boo boos. When I was scooting I fell off and scraped my knee and it was a booboo but now, there was three but one is still healing but the other two already healed.
Sam: Wilder, was this a big enough, you called it a booboo, was it a big enough injury that you had to go to a doctor?
Wilder: No, I just needed a bandaid.
Sam: So you can take care of it at home by yourself or maybe with mom or dad’s help.
Daniel: My booboos were there for one day. Just one day.
Saul: I know that I have blood and it’s trying to move around and it’s trying to see my body and trying to get out of it.
Sam: Saul, you said something interesting, your blood moves around. How does it do that?
Bea: You move your body and your blood moves around (wiggling her body)
Wilder: And your heart moves your blood.
Saul: Every morning the blood keeps moving and moving and moving.
Wilder: Except when you sleep.
Ines: Is the blood the blood still moving and is the heart still beating when you’re asleep.
Saul: Yes, it is!
Bea: You just, when you’re moving around and when you’re sleeping, your heart keeps beating and your blood keeps moving.
Daniel: And right now it’s doing that.
Wilder: When I am sleeping I never move.
Daniel: When you don’t move it still keeps (beating).
** change and differences (size, appearance) **
Sam: Do bodies always stay the same or do they change?
Finlay: They change.
Wilder: Well actually, they stay how they are but different people and differender than them. And there’s different people between boys and girls. Boys are not girls and girls are not boys.
Luke: They’re different kind of color. And sometimes we have not the same hair. Them have different hair like blue hair or green hair.
Ines: But do we always look the exact same? Are we always the same size?
Wilder: No, cause when you sleep and eat you grow bigger.
Frannie: And if you eat carrots you can see in the dark.
Cate: And when you turn a different age you can still get bigger.
Lucas: Without you can not see that much stuff and when it’s still night time if your eyes will adjust.
Ines: How do they adjust?
Lucas: I don’t know. My eyes, when I asleep and my head is on the pillow my eyes don’t adjust.
Saul: My eyes do it in the afternoon. They adjust to green and then blue.
Sam: It sounds like most of us have talked about what we find interesting about inside our bodies. Is that what we would like to learn more about?
Finlay: Yes, because we know all the things that are outside because we can see it. And we can’t see inside, inside of your body.
Transforming photo booth
After gradually introducing new materials in our photo booth area, such as baby dolls, cribs, and doctor materials, the focus of the area shifted away from mainly photography. Was the description "photo booth" still appropriate and fitting for the area? We brought our questions and thoughts to the children... They shared that they still have a strong interest in both, family and doctor play and came up with ideas on how to possibly connect the two interests in the area.
Daniel: Babies can be the patients!
Wilder: A baby nursing place is when people are getting their new babies they go to the doctor and get their babies out so I think we can use photo booth as a doctor area so people can get their babies out.
Lily: Stethoscope. To see inside your body.
Daniel: No, to hear your heart!
Sam: Okay, so these pieces go into my ears.
Daniel: And then put the one next to your belly and you will hear the heart.
Lily: To get medicine. Put it in the mouth.
Wilder: I have that for real life at my house.
Finlay: So I use the tiny one. So listen, you can dig it onto your skin and put medicine in and you stick it in and push into your skin (giving shots)
Wilder: I feel it really loud like giant feet. Thumpety thump thumpety thump.
Cate: I hear it, too. Bumpy.
Like big rocks tumbling over.
| || |
The drawn and cut out bones got printed on transparencies to further support our work of arranging the individual bones into a skeleton on the overhead projector. This created an extra level of flexibility in our process and opened up the exploration of size and scale, placement and arrangement.
We first traced an image of a brontosaurus to provide a general space for the bones to be placed in. Then the bones got arranged inside this guideline. Some needed to be adjusted (either cut or altered with sharpie) to fit into our framework.
For the shark I thought about blue felt. - Hugh
To incorporate our ongoing interest in sewing, we decided to sew a shark lovie for the birthday portrait. We collected different kinds and colors of felt and polyester filling material.
Did you know you can sew a lovie?
Yes! Just like my little piggy. I didn't make him. Someone else. I think someone's friend' dad made it. - Remy
| || |
Once we decided on our final choice (image on the right) we adjusted the temperature as well as the saturation of the image.
"I like it hot. No, actually cold because look, the ocean is blue and the sides are blue and the floor is blue, so that's what I like about it. (Jade would like) The same thing!" - Hugh
*adjusting the temperature to cold, in order to enhance the blue tones in the photo
We also adjusted the saturation of the image to bring more focus to the brown colors of the dinosaur skeleton.
Bea included ideas from her original arrangement when creating her place card. She still wanted to create a "face", but this time used a different base and expanded her ideas of what should be included in the face. She included "cheeks" (tan/gold beads), a mouth, a nose, two eyes, two ears, and two names. One name was handwritten on a piece of wood and the second was arranged out of tiny beads to create the shapes of the letters B-E-A.
Hugh: But this part is very smooth.
Bea: When you let it dry out it will get harder.
Hugh: I love getting messy. I want it to turn white and put it on. Can I paint the snowflake? But if I didn't paint the snowflake it will turn stay brown, right? But then when the bowl lays forward it will get smoothened. When you put it forward and move it on the ground it will get smoothened. And crack if you throw it around.
Hugh: This water is turning very gray. But now it’s turning orange (when painting it on, red clay is starting to combine with the white slip).
Hugh: I’m squeezing it or rubbing it on. (dissolving and mixing process in the jar) It’s about to dissolve. (Once it dries) it turns into white hardened clay. But why does it turn back into clay? Because it gets hardened. This does look like glue.
Hugh: I’m doing the sides but we don’t want to do the inside. Because normally the inside, sometimes on the outsides are decorated. (white) Because at home like here our plates are white and I want my bowl to match with the plates.
Underglazes are highly pigmented colored slips; made out of raw pigment, clay, and water. Like all slips, they were made to be applied to the wet or leather-hard clay before it was bisqued, so before the first firing.
What are pigments?
Wilder: Me and Hugh sewed chalk sometimes and then we put water in it. (recalling past experiences during which he used a shovel to shave of thin layers of chalk)
| || |
Observations about underglazes
Saul: It feels like brown clay. (Ines: What reminds you of clay?) Oh, because it looks brown. Brown is brown clay.
Remy: Underglazes are, do it two times, put it in the kliln, kiln. Two times! You can paint with them just on clay.
Cate: I have this kind of paint at home.
Remy: There’s clay on the bottom (of the paint jar).
Frannie: This is like nail polish. Because some nail polish is blue and some nail polish is purple.
| || |
Daniel: It’s already shaped like a bowl. I thought it was metal.
Jade: It’s hard.
Wilder: All of these are different kinds of bowls.
Saul: I chose the white one because that’s my favorite color. (Shapes the clay slab over the bowl) This way because it’s my favorite way to shape clay.
Wilder: Cause it’s so flat and we can’t use it that way. That’s why (we have to shape it over the bowl).
| || |
After the clay bowls began to dry on the molds for a few hours until they were leather hard we were able to take them off the molds and flip them over. They will have to dry, loosely covered with plastic sheets on wooden boards to allow for a gentle drying time, in order to prevent cracking. Now they will continue to dry until they are no longer cold to the touch and bone dry.
Then they will be ready to be further decorated with underglazes.