Tag Archives: imagination

Where Will We Be?

by Katee

Alisha held a circle yesterday to talk to the children about the future.  So many different feelings come from looking toward the future.   The future can often feel scary and unsure because it is hard to imagine.  Change can often feel scary because it seems like your world is unstable in a way, and that you’ll have to brace yourself for enduring the impending shift.

So Alisha printed photos of all the children and taped them to blocks for support.  “Here we all are, on a Tuesday, at Tulip Tree Preschool.”, Alisha said.

Everyone’s family has different schedules in the summer time. Some friends will go to camp here or elsewhere, some friends might stay at home or with family or friends, some families might go on vacation.  Then , in the fall, school will start again and this will look different for different people.  Some friends will be back at Tulip Tree, some friends will move on to kindergarten or another schedule. 

 

 

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Tiny Realms

by Katee

When exploring the Remida center during our Tuesday field trip last week, many of the children had two favorite things they got to d0- ride the bus, and play with the ‘tiny realms’.  They had set out small divided scenes filled with tiny things for the children to play in.  There was a box filled with soil, sticks and moss, a tray filled with sand and cups and a slide, little homes with appliances and creatures, and many reused materials.  The children had several rooms to explore in this area but all were entranced at the tiny realms.

I had a chance to talk with the Remida director about the tiny realms and we were so excited to see the children so happily intrigued.  “In this world, they are giants.”, she told me.  We discussed that children can feel in control of a world with this play and have the opportunity to play the role of a larger entity and a powerful being.  We also discussed how children of this age are often so attracted to small things.  Maria Montessori called this age a ‘sensitive period’ for many things, including small objects.  They seem to have a natural compulsion to master this area and it is so exciting to observe.

After this inspirational field trip, we brought tiny realms to Tulip Tree.  We have done work with this throughout the year, but this time intentionally built different terrains and scenes side by side.  The children have been happily exploring there all week.

 

Play in the clay

by Katee

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.

Making Machines

By Katee

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”

VH:  “Violet”

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Tin Can Telephone

By Katee

Have you ever made a tin can telephone?  I saw a couple of soup cans in the recycling and it took me back to a time I got in trouble for cutting a hole in my window screen to string cans between mine and my neighbor’s windows.  Well, we made our own  phone yesterday and the children were all so thrilled to use it. These pictures speak for themselves:

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