Each year around this time we reflect on our year. What explorations did this year begin with? Where did the children’s ideas take us? What did we wonder about? How did we use the 100 languages to explore our wonderings? What did we discover? How did our discoveries lead to knew questions? So much happens throughout the year, sometimes it is hard to remember all that we have done by the time it comes to an end. Here are some of the photos I found while looking back-
At circle this morning, Katee and I read a book called “What Can You Do With a Paleta?” by Carmen Tafolla. I read the English words and Katee read the same words in Spanish. The book is written from the perspective of a small child. She tells us all about the sounds, smells and colors of her neighborhood. The most exciting thing of all is the sound of the tinkly bell coming from the Paleta wagon. She explains the different colors and flavors of paletas and the asks, “WHAT can you DO with a paleta?” It turns out there are many things you can do with a paleta including giving yourself a blue mustache. This book inspired the children to make their own pretend paleta wagon complete with a bell and paper paletas. ..
These past couple of weeks we have been enjoying the summer-like weather in the shade of our Tulip, Oak, Chestnut and Apple trees. Thank you trees for giving us a cool place to explore and play! We love you!
Yesterday we went on our second field trip of the year! We traveled all the way downtown to Helen Gordon Child Development Center at Portland State. We visited the Remida Center, home to thousands of loose parts and tiny pieces. We also visited the food forest, home to lots of edible plants (and even some waffles and pancakes made out of clay!). While in the Remida Center, the children explored three spaces: the light room, the tiny realms, and the workshop. This part of the field trip was meant to be an extension of the work we’ve been doing to develop a culture of reuse at our school. The Remida Center is similar to our Reuse Center, but on a larger scale. In the light room, the children got to see how different materials appear over a glass table strung with Christmas lights underneath. Light and shadows were a big theme at the beginning of this school year and it was fun to see how light and shadows can be explored through the lens of reuse. In the tiny realms, the children were able to interact with little ecosystems such as a beach and a forest all made of of reuse materials. In the workshop, children were able to work with materials on the table to build with. Many of them made machines such as vacuum cleaners and an “old-time fashioned motorcycle.”