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“That’s like a door…”

While inspired by our recent visit to Saul Melman’s Best of All Possible Worlds piece featuring doors, it’s interesting to note that we’ve gravitated to thinking about this particular feature of houses.  Why do we have

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“It feels like I’m inside a house”

Inspired by the children’s exploration in creating houses and what makes something a house, we brought small groups to visit Saul Melman’s Best of All Possible Worlds.  This sculpture consisting of doors in the exact configuration of

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“Cause it’s Minpins”

Coming to the end of our reading of Roald Dahl’s Minpins, the children wondered just how the Minpins would be able to visit Little Billy in his home.  While some of us contemplated how they would get to Little

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Birds

We spoke before on the beauty of our work, where we can slow down and deeply observe a child as she or he reveals their inner thinking.  In this moment, we can’t help but wonder about

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“Say Cheese!”

There’s something magical about cameras.  Memories and moments captured and frozen in time.  It has been interesting to witness children’s exploration and understanding of this magical tool.  The evolution of photography certainly has changed how we

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“You’re a giant!”

Magnifying glasses can be a playful tool of discovery. “Why are you doing a really big magnifying glass?  You’re a giant!  Why are there 2 of you?!” -Eleanor “That was fun!  That was like whole giant

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Painting with Light

Studio Purple is a colorful class!  That is, the children have been drawn to colors from the very beginning of our year.  Exploring translucent color and light in blocks, we moved this very same provocation to

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A Visit to the Lab

Hovering balloons in the museum’s lab space beckoned our transportation small group to come for a visit.   We wondered if the children would make any connections between the hot air balloons and the helium balloons.

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Building Conversations

After spending a few weeks building houses with legos, we have shifted to straws and connectors and the children have been very busy. The different colored straws measure different lengths…Green is the longest, yellow is the

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Hello Spring!

While things are buzzing and changing in Studio Purple much like our weather outside, we are taking a pause and sharing with you a photo montage of our new found freedom exploring our bustling outdoor environment

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Real Artists

Jumping off from our visit with Ian McMahon and the children referring to him as a “real” artist, we wondered more about what this means. “You know what to do and you make stuff fancy and

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“Where we play Cheetahs!”

“Sense of place.”  What does this mean?  Putting it simply, it can refer to a meaning attributed to a place as influenced by our interactions with it.  We, in partnership with Learning and Engagement at deCordova,

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