We had our catalytic event for our new project: Trees.
My assistant and I had just finished reading a book that was given to us by our director called Inspiring Spaces for Young Children. During the early morning, several children started to decorate the poles that are in our classroom. As they used paper to tape around the pole, Kara (my assistant) shared that it looked like the book we had been reading where the classroom used the poles in their classroom to construct trees. One of the children asked Kara if she could bring the book into the classroom so the children could see it. As they were creating, the rest of the children were with me at snack. We began talking about what we knew was on trees. The children created a long list of items which included: bark, branches, leaves, snow, birds, birds nests, and bird houses. The children then created a list of materials for me to get when I took snack back. These items included pipe cleaners, model magic, string, and “whatever looked tree like.”
Once the materials were brought to the children, Kara and I stood back encouraging the children to tell us what to do. The children broke out in work sessions. The children broke into groups including: wrapping the pole, coloring leaves, cutting tape and adding it to leaves, adding leaves to the trees, wrapping twine around the pole, making birds, birds nests, bird houses, covering paper towel rolls, and adding the rolls to the tree as branches.
Each child spent time creating something for the tree. Some children spent thirty minutes in this process while others spent as much as two hours!! As parents came in for pick-up, the children were so excited to share their hard work.
How you can find the beginning of a project in your room…
begin documenting common threads on children’s play
share your ideas and thoughts with the teachers in your classroom
once you believe you have determined the common thread; bring in an item that would support that
Stay tuned for our next adventure!