Wednesday, December 16th
Continuing our work with paper (and water).
At Tuesday's morning meeting, we reflected on our work from the previous day and observed some of the paper artifacts that had been saved and left out overnight. Were the materials still wet? Were any physical changes evident?
The children made observations about the "soup" (a wide variety of paper materials compressed together in water) that some of them had created in the glass vase on Monday.
When saved the day before, the paper materials were still submerged in water.
The plant sucked the water up! (Hugh)
The water drained. (Remy)
As we continue working with the language of paper, explore its properties, and experiment with its chemical makeup, it is apparent that combining paper and water creates a new substance.
Is it still paper as it begins to disintegrate in the water?
A new term was introduced during our morning meeting reflection and discussion - pulp!
A jar of paper pulp (small pieces of paper materials and water blended together) was also passed around during meeting for children to examine closely.
How was this pulp substance similar and/or different than what had been created so far during the previous days paper + water exploration?
The following text is a conversation between some of our children (Tuesday) who were intrigued by the pulp and interested in being involved in the paper pulp making process as we expanded on our work from Monday's initial paper + water exploration.
A large bowl of already blended paper pulp was provided in the studio for further investigation as well as additional paper and water.
Making pulp step 1: Tear the paper materials into small pieces and combine with water
I'm making more "soup". Now I'm making little pieces little. (Daniel)
We're all making pulp and they're making soup. (Bea)
Jennie: Are soup and pulp the same?
Because that one's big and this is small. (Lily)
(Making comparisons between the makeup of the "soup" - paper pieces submerged in water -
and the pulp - blended paper & water)
You get little pieces and then you put it in. (Bea)
These pieces work and these pieces don't work. (Bea)
(Bea compares different types of paper products as she works on tearing)
You can put that in. Make it littler and littler. (Daniel)
(Daniel notices Bea tearing paper and asks her to add it to his bowl of paper + water)
Additional observations about the paper pulp as Daniel continues to explore the material -
It feels wet. It's water. It's kind of water. It looks like sausage! Let's smush all the water. (Daniel)
Daniel & Hugh - A Collaborative Effort Exploration
Combining a bowl of blended pulp with additional torn paper & water.
Later in the day during our outdoor time ...
Brigitte came outside and showed the Brown Room that her friends in Rainey Room are also exploring paper pulp.
Rainey's pulp looks different! They colored their pulp to make it look like the sun. They are currently researching the sun and the moon. Brigitte explained how the water needed to be drained from the pulp in order for Rainey friends to use the material to create their own paper suns.
So Brigitte, you're telling us that pulp can be used to make paper?
Didn't we just work so hard to deconstruct this material?
Should Brown Room friends also try using their newly created pulp to make their own paper?
Hmm. Now we've got an idea!
Sneak Peek ... using pulp to make our own paper!
Keep your eyes on future blog posts this week as we continue this exciting new process!
Mystery Readers - Remy's Grandparents!
What an exciting treat to have extended family members join us as mystery readers.
Remy's grandparents read us two different stories!
Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright
The Littlest Reindeer by Brandi Dougherty
They even had snowman and reindeer props to make the experience that more exciting.
Thank you both for a lovely story time!
It's a snowy day! - Remy
The perfect ending to a great day.
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