Played outside all morning today! The children played games, splashed in the water table, built in the sandbox, hung out in the hammock, rode bikes, visited with the rabbits, and drew many many tattoos on each other. After reading the book, “Mama Is It Summer Yet?”, the children were pretty convinced that that’s where were at today.
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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-
Today we invited the children to explore with clay, straws, and beads. When working with loose parts, a facilitator sometimes has what I call a “lower case plan”. You might have a small vision for how parts could work together, but are unattached from the results or products. You want to give the children parts that can be successful in captivating their exploratory nature. In this case I knew that straws would be able to stand erect if pushed into the clay, and I chose beads with holes large enough to be threaded through straws. I knew the pieces could interact, but I was unsure what would happen when the children dug their hands in. They pressed, poked, stabbed, bent, threaded, balanced, connected, wove, and spent a long time creating some really interesting shapes.
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This morning Katee led a collaborative building activity that required a lot of self control and patience. One by one, each child silently picked out one block and placed it in the circle, making sure it connects to the structure that is already there.
Then, after everyone added a block, we stood up and silently walked around the circle, looking at our structure from all angles.