We noticed that different leaves feel differently. Some are rough "like sand paper", while others are smooth.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
We are approaching the week a bit differently than in years past. Amy has agreed to share her sculptural process with us allowing us see how she works in her own studio.
We are learning so much, deepening our tactile vocabulary and discovering what inspires us and how we might share that with one another.
To find out more about Amy's work, click here: http://www.amylaugesen.com
Friday, September 30, 2016
To further our study of community and communication, the XP class is investigating what it means to listen…not just to one another but also deeply to all life everywhere.
In an effort to support this process, your child has agreed to adopt a plant for the year.
Together we identified the needs of a plant, discovering that they are the same needs shared by all living organisms: sunlight, water, air, food, temperature and space.
Over the next year, the children will be listening to the plants and how they communicate their needs… Does it need more light or less? Does it need more water, less or is it just right? Does the plant need a new pot with more room or is it looking a little peckish and in need of some plant food? What do plants eat? Where does plant food come from?
It’s my hope that the whole family might enjoy listening in new and different ways to the life all around us.
Friday, September 23, 2016
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
It is also supported in classrooms by the teachers who support active looking in order to communicate what is observed via creative media.
And it's FUN! You can try this at home too! Just get yourself a small journal and take a walk...find an object that engages your sense of wonder and spend some time looking. Allow your hand to communicate to the paper what is seen. The critic will have to stay home on this journey! Creative expression can be a portal into the moment and a wonderful opportunity to SLOW DOWN and see the world anew.
Monday, September 19, 2016
We encountered so much beauty along the way and I was gently reminded to slow down and really look at the familiar with new eyes. Together we discovered dew drops, a bee caught in a web, flowers, mint, interesting shadows, bird songs, waterfalls and cracks in the side walks.
On the way back, one of the children remarked, "Angelina we saw people but most of them didn't look at us or were talking on the phone. We didn't get to say 'Hello'."
Of course they were right. Once again the children had noticed what is obvious and easily overlooked in our hurried rush to get from place to place. We have become a culture so busy on phones and with schedules, that we often overlook the everyday opportunities to engage with the people around us, to build community and exchange daily niceties.
The children reminded me to put my cell phone away, smile at the one another, notice the flowers and greet a few strangers. Care to join us?
Friday, September 16, 2016
Each of you are part of this community, please feel free to chat with me about ways to become involved in our year together.