Tuesday, February 8th
Monday, February 7th - Friday, February 11th
You may have noticed that recent blog posts portray a shift in our current classroom curiosities and the project work emerging from these interests.
Internal ... to External
Anatomy & Physiology ... to Kinesiology
Body Functions ... to Abilities
and this is just the "beginning" of the exciting (and in many ways unpredictable) work in our future!
Current Work: Sound, Movement, and Our Bodies
Today, during morning meeting, we revisited some classroom documentation around the "body" work that has taken place over the past few weeks. Then, we asked the children the following question about some of our current work:
Why do you think we’re exploring sound?
Here are just some of the amazing thoughts shared during this discussion:
Finlay: Because we learned about the heart beat and music is kinda like the heart beat.
Frannie: Because inside of our body makes sounds and your heart beat makes sounds, too. And all of the parts of the body makes sounds.
Wilder: Yeah like music, so we know, so we try to paint it out. So we know what it sounds like but it’s a little different about the music. Because everyone had different guesses.
So far, we have introduced sound through different opportunities which include noticing sounds around us, listening to and drawing our heartbeat, representing other sounds through drawings, listening to and moving to different types of music, incorporating instruments into the classroom environment and also ...
Painting to Music.
Last week we explored sound through yet another language... painting!
Many of us are already aware that listening to music can be a captivating multi-sensory experience that children often respond well to.
Music engages and activates almost all areas of the brain strengthening cognitive, physical, and emotional development.
We wanted to offer an experience that allowed children to intentionally listen to music while asking them to represent "what they noticed" through the language of paint.
We observed the children's body movements and processes while listening to Vivaldi's, The Four Seasons.
The following videos, paintings, and thoughts shared after the experience indicate that children both noticed and responded to the changes in volume, pitch, rhythm, and tempo throughout the experience.
I think it sounds like some circles. - Daniel
The music had different patterns... - Lucas
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