Studio Storytelling

Children from classrooms 2 and 3 from the Gilliatte Building visited the studio and were invited to participate in a writer’s workshop. We began by reading a story as a large group, then discussed what we saw in the book, and then shared ideas for stories of our own. The children then dispersed and began creating their own stories. Teachers helped each child begin their storylines and help with planning their next few steps. We are excited to see where our young authors go with their literary and creative freedom! 



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Clay Caterpillars in the Studio

The children of the Thompson building have begun studies of caterpillars and their transformation into butterflies. Today, students observed live caterpillars and chrysalises and then re-created them using clay. Though they are still in the early stages of their investigations, the children are already demonstrating great interest and knowledge! They are very excited to watch the transformation process in their classrooms.



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The Playground

Groups of children from rooms 4 and 6 had the chance to take a bus trip to a community playground. Social and gross motor development were on full display as children socialized, worked to take turns, climbed, swung, and jumped as they explored the different equipment!

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Creative Freedom

Children from rooms 2 and 3 at the Thompson building were presented with a variety of materials and asked the open-ended question, “what can we create?”. The initial provocation included cardboard, scissors, markers, and a special adhesive we like to call ‘sticky gum tape’. As the children worked, and their ideas developed, they were asked if they thought they needed additional materials to bring their visions to life. As needed, the children were able to pull additional materials… making for marvelous individual (and shared) work!!!

August: I’m making a robot puppet!

Makayla: I want to finish my kite. Can we use some string?

Zyaire: I’m making stairs like in my house.

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Design + Writer's Workshop!

Today in the studio, the children of room 1 at the Thompson building were presented with different provocations. First, the children created designs and patterns using natural materials. They then permanently recreated or traced their patterns onto tile using marking pen. During this exploration, we discussed different patterns such as smallest to largest and alternating colors as the children were eager to demonstrate what they were learning! They were also very curious as to how the magnifying glasses worked and even found some details in items that they wouldn’t have found otherwise…

After they had finished, some children made their way over to a bookmaking provocation. With this, we ended up having a powerful session of writer’s workshop. The children added great detail to their illustrations, with some showing wonderful development in literacy while working on the words in their stories. Our author/illustrators then read their stories in one on one sessions, where we discussed how they could develop their work even further!!!


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Imagination + Clay!

The children of Room 3 at the Thompson building are a very creative, imaginative bunch! They are frequently drawing and painting all sorts of amazing things. So today in the studio, we took their inventiveness in other directions. The children worked with clay in bringing their ideas to life, carefully using what they learned about the material in adding incredible detail to their work! In addition, some children decided to do some bookmaking, stretching their ideas and stories even further!!!

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'Atelier Band'

Room 5 at the Gilliate building has a young man who loves to display his natural rhythm. Cason is frequently using different tools to create sound patterns and always shows great interest any time he has the chance to play the drums. In the studio, he was encouraged to show a group of friends what he knew. Before we knew it, Cason was leading the rhythm section of our impromptu ‘Atelier Band’! While the artistic and creative implications of such an activity are obvious, so much more can be taken from like experiences. Can you pinpoint the concepts in math? How about science? What about the value to social-emotional development? When children are allowed to creatively explore their learning processes, they will present us with everything we need to know moving forward!!!

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What Do We See In A Car?

Room 6 at the Gilliate building is beginning to study cars! Today in the studio, they looked closely at toy models as we discussed the details in what they saw… and could recreate in observational drawings. Asking the children to really look closely at their subject made for some awesome discussion, and beautiful work to boot!!!

What should we draw first?

Jaire: Wheels!

Which DETAIL are you drawing?

Nadia: I’m drawing the line on the door.

Isabella: Look at mine. It’s an umbrella sticking out for the back.

Alexis: I’m drawing the back, too. This is the roof and this is the door and the wheel. I’m drawing a Lamborghini!

Jaire: This is a brake.

Jamarion: I draw the back and the front and I have to draw the windows.

Nadia: I drawed the back. See? I made the bumps on there.

Rousy: I draw like a wheel and then this part and the wheel again.

Ashlyn: I drawed those wheels like you. My dog in the car.

Kaylee: I started with the wheels because I knew that was the perfect place to start. Then, I did the lines. I put the lines so it looked like the car. Then, I made the dots. And then, I did the windows and I picked my color.

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Josie's Boat

“It’s my mommy, my brother, my brother, and me on a boat. We’re going to the river to see the fishes. Then, we’re going to the zoo. Then… we’re gonna go back home to play with daddy.” - Joselyn, Gilliate Room 3

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No Brushes Needed!

Last week, children had the opportunity to paint in some inventive ways. At the Gilliate building, bottles filled with acrylic paint were hung from the ceiling so that the children could swing and squeeze them as the bottles dropped paint onto our canvases. Of course, we had plenty of paint on the floor as we worked… and the children had a blast exploring by walking through it with their bare feet!!!

At the Thompson building, children used the ‘tall painting’ method. A tree stump was placed on the ground and surrounded by blank canvases. The children proceeded to poor paint onto the log and watched the colors create a marble like appearance as they ran onto each canvas. Watching the children discuss and coordinate their movements, so as not to interfere with each other’s work, was amazing. Their ever growing social-emotional skills become more and more prevalent with each given day at St. Mary’s Child Center!!!


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