The teachers of room 6 at the Gilliate building have taken notice in the children’s interest in the studio’s light provocations. Knowing that they could expand upon this, Ms. Kierra approached with a magnificent idea! She suggested that we project photographs onto the wall in order to provoke discussion and interaction. Today, we were able to begin this investigation! To start, Ms. Michelle suggested that the children photograph each other so they would be observing their own work through the projector. Once the photo shoot was finished, the children made their way back into a dark space in which their photographs would easily be seen when displayed. They “played” with their shadows, discussed what they saw, and traced parts of their faces onto paper.
That was “covered” by each projected photo! This is just yet another example of expanding upon known concepts and how children may correlate one activity to the next. Also, the importance of collaboration is evident. The educators had an amazing idea, brought it to my attention, discussed the “hows” and “whys”, and allowed us to get a running start toward new concepts!!!
Erin: I see myself smiling.
Heaven: I see her hair! I see her dress!
Kaley: A headband in her hair.
Erin: (drawing) I gave her a mustache!
Ms. Kierra: Look, you can even see the lines in your shirt!
Erin: Yeah, but I’m ‘gonna color my clips!
David: I’m making myself.
BJ: You put it (projector) on and it lights up there.
BJ: When my brain freeze, it go like this (makes his hand shadow bite/smash his face in the projected photo).
In room 6 at Gilliatte we are just starting a shoe project. Since most of the children came back with new shoes they have been very interested in talking about their new shoes. During meeting we read Pete the Cat and His Band New White Shoe, one of the children’s favorites. After our story the children partnered up and talked to their partner about their shoes. Then we came together as a class and talked about all the different shoes we have in our room and worked on grouping similar shoes. We will continue our study on shoes in the weeks to come.
The children of Gilliate room 6 have continued onward with their construction project. After observing children building in the classroom, exploring construction in the community, talking with construction professionals, taking a tour of a model home, creating blueprints, and learning some of the intricacies of what goes into building the house, the children asked if they could build a house of their own. After discussions were held, the class was able to deduce that they would need to start by building a foundation. For this, specific materials were obviously required. So, the class took a field trip to Menards to buy concrete and explore sections of the store that connected to their project work.
Arden: Can I push the cart?
Cristian: A garage! I want it!
“Should we put a garage on the house?”
Arden: After we finish the house we need to paint it.
Juai: A roof and windows.
Arden: Can we make a deck?
Cristian: Yeah, we need stairs for it.
Cristian: Sand, rocks, triangles… for the rocks we need so the house stronger so it can’t knock down.
Cristian: I think they’re for the house for the top!
The past few weeks have been all about exploring science and engineering in Room 6! We have all been scientists, engineers, and architects together with many exciting experiments going on. In the last week, we have seen the students design and build simple machines like levers, build rocket ships and their launch pads, observe chemical reactions with vinegar and baking soda, and explore nature by capturing a grasshopper on the playground.
Jordan is building with some new pipe materials in the classroom. Jordan said, “This is the stick for my digging and seeing machine. I can see a wolf when I look through it!”
Christian built a new ship for his animal friends. “This is my inter-dimensional space ship. The wolf is in his super hero costume. The pig and cat are in their beds on the ship. The fox is the captain.”
While using pipettes to drop dyed vinegar onto baking soda, Avionna said “I like how it fizzes!” “I like it to! It fizzes the more you put on it,” said Arden.
After several students captured a grasshopper on the playground, Leo was the only one who wanted to help transfer the insect to his new terrarium. Here Leo is, about to place the lid on the terrarium. Leo said, “The lid has holes so the grasshopper can breathe. It’s too small for him to hop out.”
The children have been interested in the sunlight that beams into our window when our lights are dim. Some students were building in the block area when they discovered shadows were being created as they built their structures in the sunlight. We took this discovery a step further and did research on the computer about light and shadows. We discovered that shadows could be formed anywhere. Since we first discovered shadow making on the inside of the building, we decided to see if we could create shadows outside in direct sunlight. Each student gathered their building materials and we went outside to see what would come of building outside. The students were amazed about the shadows that were created and the structures that were built.