Our very well cared for gardens have been repaying us with a bounty of flowers, vegetables and fruits. The children have just noticed in the past week that the raspberry bush finally has ripe fruit on it! They have been exploring the bramble, reaching up high, crawling down low-and using some cooperative tactics to pick these beautiful berries. I would say that they might be berry obsessed with the raspberries and our healthy blueberry bush.
All of the berry worship got me thinking that it might be fun to pay homage to the fruit brambles, via representation on paint and paper. After a few good reads of one of our crowd favorites, Jamberry by Bruce Degen, a group of children and I got to painting. Here are the colorful results!
On Monday a small group came to the Nest with me to work on a drawing and collage piece, with daisies clipped from our front yard as inspiration. Continue reading
This week we are completing our second drawing self portrait and our final self portrait for the school year. For our graduates, it will be their final self portrait at Tulip Tree. It has been amazing to see how fine motor skills, focus and self awareness have developed throughout the year and over two or three years. Here are the self portraits the children have done so far this week-
We have been taking small machines apart, constructing a machinery space in the loft, and projecting video on the wall of factories to see things being made. This week we also had a small appointment to invent our own machines.
I told the children their machine could do anything they wanted it to and look any way they wanted- it did not have to be realistic or practical. I was surprised that each machine was so unique. Although some of the ideas initially being thrown around repeatedly were for ‘fart machines’, the children each came up with a different useful machine all on their own. Wouldn’t you love to have these incredible machines at your home?
LD: “Bubble Gum Robot Machine”
VG: “Cleaner Machine”
NC: “Construction Everything Machine”
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