We began the year “playing the face game” in meeting before snacktime to help the children learn each others’ names, incorporating Nancy, Emily, and some sculpture faces as well. Gradually, more faces were added – sculptures, and people we have seen such as Lisa, Brad, Doug, preparators Ross and Rory at the museum. In mid-December, we laid out sheets of felt, a large gray one to represent the sculpture park, and a smaller blue rectangle, which stands for Studio Blue.
Now when we play the “face game,” each child is given two cards to lay on the sheets before going to snack, one with her picture and another one of a sculpture or a person not in Studio Blue, and it is her choice where to place those cards. Does she put her card inside the blue rectangle (indicating she is in Studio Blue) and the sculpture on the gray (the sculpture park)? Sometimes, but not always. Occasionally there are disagreements about where a child has placed her cards. In this way, we are introducing the concept of mapping to raise the children’s awareness of our greater surroundings.
Cal’s ribbon house is in a separate location from the windows and chimney, perhaps this is a developmental stage: because the windows and chimney are outside of the house, they are not attached to it. We have seen similar thought processes before in this class, though it’s interesting that this doesn’t happen with faces. Children generally represent a face with a circle and the features inside of it. Perhaps because that’s how they’ve been taught to represent faces, but then you can’t go “inside” a head like you can with a house.
When Diane straightens out the ribbon representing Route 2, Cal replaces it, explaining, I’m moving Route 2 cause it was too close to the flower.
Ruthie points: Is this your driveway?
Cal: No, that’s Route 2. This is my driveway.
Ruthie: I think it has a bump (it does, going over Route 2 like a bridge)
Cal: Yeah, that’s a hill. It’s a roller coaster! It goes (sound effects of car going over it).
Diane: Great. Let’s hear about Ruthie’s now. (Diane has offered Ruthie materials, too)
Ruthie: Mine has blue and…purple pickles. And these are roofs. Take a picture of it.
After Cailin and Mark suggest that he only use what he needs, Travers continues with his train track, making a map of its course. He gestures in a circle for where the track will go: Go around! Then we need to make it turned around, down here. A Tower Road station.