Studio Red: week 2

Hello Studio Red,

We look forward to hearing about what strikes you as you view this week's newsletter!

Love, Lauri and Emily



Our first small groups met this week.  Small groups happen in many ways in our studio.  Sometimes teachers choose who will participate and sometimes children choose to sign up.  This week, we did both!

How can we tell stories with a partner?

Three small groups met with a teacher to learn a new process to mix liquid watercolors.  Others joined the space on their own to explore.

What did we figure out as we mixed red, yellow, and blue?

Other moments of exploration…


On Monday we read Little Blue and Little Yellow, by Leo Lionni.  Louis brought in Frog and Toad Together, by Arnold Lobel, for his birthday.  Before our walk through the park we read Daniel Finds a Poem, by Micha Archer.


What did you discover on our walk through the park?


When Case and Jackson experienced a problem at the end of our day on Wednesday, we brought it to the group.

How can we play two games in the train?


This week the children greeted each other in the circle, taking on the challenge to remember the names of their neighbors in our circle.  When they forgot, they kindly asked.  When someone got a name wrong, a child offered kind reminders.  We passed the ball and rolled the ball to say hello and good morning.

During entry we learned a collaborative block game that challenged our patience, body control, and strategic thinking as each child chose to place a block to create a stable structure.  This invited many conversations about number.  We made it to 19 blocks before they all fell over!


This week we began story workshop with true storytelling.  Each time we meet a new author will take the chair to share a true a story.  In this way, we learn what it means to be a writer and how we all have stories within us!  The storyteller practices organizing their thoughts, taking a risk to be the center of attention, speaking clearly to the group, and responding to questions and connections that the audience shares at the end.  The audience practices listening closely and silently, holding their questions and thoughts until the end, shifting their bodies slowly and quietly to help the group maintain focus.

What story did Thomas tell?


How were you inspired by these three works from last week?