Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
Our resident mud specialist, Amy, spent last week in the studio while I was attending an amazing symposium with Carlina Rinaldi, Mary Catherine Bateson and forty inspiring educators and big thinkers. I am still assimilating much of the information from the week but promise to offer some of my insights here, once they are fully formed (please stop by the studio if you'd like to find out more or join me for the next Mindful Dialog on November 20th).
Amy is a remarkable artist, person and co-researcher alongside children. Building on our experiences with grapestomping, Amy added a mud stomping station where children could revel in the tactile experience of clay.
Amy shared with me how collaborations with clay emerged as children explored manipulating clay into shapes, buildings, roads, castles, cities and more.
Monday, October 20, 2014
"Come little leaves said the wind one day
Come over to the meadow with me to play
Put on your dresses of red and gold
Winter is coming and soon it is cold"
- Autumn Song
As is often the case, object permanence and peek-a-boo was a big point of interest.
To extend the leaf explorations and deepen our conversation I introduced wire, as a tool, to express our ideas about leaf shape, size and more.
Friday, October 17, 2014
And in the spirit of research, it would be hard to miss that children are naturally interested in seasonal shifts and the colorful cacophony of LEAVES twirling against blue autumn skies.
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