Studio Red 2017-18

Clay is gray, slugs are gray.

  With a video of a slug playing in the background, the children were invited to explore these creatures through clay. This material afforded the creation of habitats and further exploration of a slugs physical attributes.

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A SEKRET IS…

  Over the weeks leading up to our winter break we heard much talk of secret codes and plans. Children were whispering secrets to their “teammates” and working with each other to figure out the other

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“A slug has teeth.” Zaahra

Bringing the slugs inside, we shifted our relationship with them. Outside, children joyfully searched for the slugs, handling them, giving them food to eat and rocks to climb on. In this way, children were researching slugs

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“Let’s measure!” Ray

  Measuring the face of a boulder. Measuring the height of the table. Ray shoots a catapult and the objects flies. “It can go as high as the table.  Let’s measure!”  Ray “Let’s see if this is how

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From dominoes to catapults…

  A group of children began exploring machines with blocks.  Creating imaginary vehicles, shooters, and electric powered motors, they discussed cause and effect. This pretend play gave way to two machines with very real, observable power.

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Another Studio Red Production

For a number of weeks, the children of Studio Red have been creating the characters and setting from The Three Billy Goats Gruff out of lego pieces.  A small group of children put these pieces into

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“We could paint it.” RYAN

Ryan and Brooke discover a piece of bark in the woods.  Looking closely, they observe lines that twist and turn, carved onto the inner surface of the piece. “We found writing! The number four.” They compare

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Exploring a paintbrush

  The paintbrush becomes a study of form and function as we create our own with natural materials found in the woods. “This is so soft. The feathers are smoother than the pine needles.”  -Maren “It’s

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“Slugs, slugs to see!”

  “We’re making a habitat. It’s their home.” -Brooke Looking closely in the garden, children are finding slugs!  Over the past few weeks a small group of slug investigators has grown larger and their project more

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Today is the Woodland Walk . . .

  One morning — a surprise — our basket is not filled with choices. Rather, it holds six milkweed pods, each housing a scrolled message. “It’s the Woodland Walk on Halloween! It’s so amazing!” Chester Snack

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Reconstructing a Butterfly Habitat

  We are working together to recreate a powerful experience. Through myriad materials, we are inviting the children to share their understanding of the metamorphic process of the monarch butterfly. Milkweed… Eggs… Emerging caterpillars… As we

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Reading Tools

  We have found the concept of tools to be a wonderful way to engage children in their own learning processes. Tools of the mind, tools of the body, and tools of the physical world are

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Observational Drawing

  Together in Studio Red, we are learning about the camera. Last week, we shared prior knowledge, experimented with the tool, and labeled its parts with a shared vocabulary. In these ways, children have extended their

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Every painting tells a story

We invited the afternoon children to uncover stories in another way. Working in small groups with loose parts and a painting, the stories slowly unfolded.  This is just one story sample. Moss mountain. Beautiful ocean. The big

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