Painting by Asha
As mentioned in previous posts, the children in Studio Blue have expressed many thoughts about storms this year. We have heard about rain, puddles, thunder, lightning and rainbows. These weather phenomena have inspired much discussion, wonder and creativity from the children; a thread that has continued throughout the entire year in Blue.
Amelia and Will draw on paper
Later, Amelia describes her drawing
This is the ground. This is the rain. And this is the umbrella. I made a stick.
Saige explores with eyedroppers…
It’s like they’re running a race like rain.
It’s like running a race. Like running a race!
And some dough.
My hands are the clouds. Ready? Rain is going to fall!
Ian creates with felt.
He speaks often of windshield wipers. Here, he has made a car using felt.
The red felt turns them on and the yellow one turns them off. It makes noise. Mama’s does too, so her has to get new windshield wipers. Kelly got new windshield wipers too. Dad has wipers on the front but not on the back.
Another continuous thread we have observed this year is Protection.
How can I feel safe?
Over the course of our year together, children find ways to protect themselves – their bodies, their belongings (including how to share mom and/or dad on parent help days), their spots, their materials, their creations.
As we bond as a group and feel a stronger sense of community – in Blue and in the larger LNS world, how can we ensure that we are secure in our surroundings?
Some of us have figured out how to protect our new relationships and our budding friendships in the group. While some of us have expressed this explicitly, “…and he doesn’t want to play with you anymore because he’s my friend,” we mostly see the children express this thinking in their play; with fences, doors or gates with locks and passwords or secret codes, high chairs with seat belts and signs on the door. They include these important elements of their play using a variety of materials.
With paper and tape
She brings her sign over to the door leading to the playground. Using another piece of tape, she hangs her sign on the door.
What does your sign say?
A Protect Machine
Kyla has communicated her thinking around how these two big ideas – weather and protection – may cross paths.
Kyla draws with markers at the table. She explains that above the blue tape she has drawn rain. Below the tape is grass. As she runs her finger across the line of blue tape, she says: This is a line. This is to protect from the rain so the rain doesn’t go onto the grass.