Today we celebrated our friend Jade's 3rd birthday!
Although we typically do not celebrate a birthday at school on a child's actual date of birth, it worked out that we were able to celebrate our friend Jade on the day she turned three!
Jade walked around our classroom birthday candle three times doing her signature "cowboy pose" strut.
Did you know that Jade is a HUGE fan of Toy Story?
Her favorite character is Woody and she loves dressing up in cowboy/cowgirl attire herself!
Here are some photos from Jade's past birthday celebrations that she shared with friends in the classroom as well as photos from this years "theme".
We hope you enjoy your very special clay birthday message, Jade.
Clay + Wire
An introduction to using these two materials together.
Yesterday, our Tuesday children were introduced to the concept of combining both clay and wire in their work.
Today, (while a continuation for some) the majority of our Wednesday class was also introduced to using these two materials simultaneously.
As we observed children working with the materials today, we asked ourselves to think about and document the similarities and differences in how both groups of children approached the combination of two "languages".
Interestingly, today's group of children were not as drawn to including the wire in their work with clay pieces, but they were very observant of their peers and modeled many difference techniques for one another. There was obvious collaboration occurring in the form of observing, demonstrating, attempting, and mirroring each others approach to the clay as a way to manipulate its form.
While working, Luke's clay also "broke" as he bent his flat piece causing it to crack. Wilder was there to offer assistance if needed!
Oh no! Broken! - Luke
Can I help you get it together? - Wilder
(Wilder then showed Luke how he attaches clay pieces together using his fingers to "smush" the clay together)
Yay! Fixed! That my friend! Wilder help me! - Luke
Luke and Wilder also used similar found objects to "smash" and flatten the clay as they observed each others techniques and results!
Using tools to create imprints in the clay did not go unnoticed by others! Soon, many children were using a variety of tools to create their own markings in their clay pieces.
Later, Luke demonstrated his learned technique to his friend Frannie so that they could create similar circle imprints together.
Look! I got circles in mine. - Frances
Hard, hard! Circles! - Luke
I LOVE it! - Frances
(while looking at Luke's circle prints)
Even though sometimes our provocations do not play out in the direction that we assume they might (such as offering a beautiful variety of wire pieces to use in combination with clay), there are still so many amazing examples of learning to be observed and appreciated while experiencing something together in a shared space!