2015-03-01

fun in the studio-kindergarten

 Painting an enlarged version of one of the boys drawings of a city. A group of children worked together to enlarge the drawing using an overhead projector. It really caused the children to notice all of the detail in this drawing. (Evan, Nathan, Reed, Sadie)
Drawing maps of Richmond. The children enjoy drawing maps of things that are important in their lives, and in sharing these maps, we all get a sense of what places are important to each family and what we all have in common.













Another map, done in collage.















"I'm drawing my house with Mommy and Daddy."
I like this map because it shows the way to my house. (We are neighbors)

2015-01-19

Honoring Martin Luther King: doing good for our city

 Our school has a tradition of engaging in some kind of service on Martin Luther King day. Sometimes it's difficult for adults to plan an authentic 'way in' for children of all ages to this kind of project. This year, the school is focusing on engagement with the city. The kindergarteners have thought a lot about heroes in the community, and so planned to honor and celebrate the firefighters of station 25, which is on the other side of a forest path from the school.  They decided they wanted to bring medals, a basket of goodies and party hats to the firefighters. They would also like to help with some work around the firehouse, like washing the firetruck, sweeping the floor or helping put out fires.


The children who worked with me on creating the basket and card said:

Dear Firefighters,
“I think you should deserve something.
I think you should have
a medal
a present
a food
Thank you for all of your good work, and for saving the world.
Thank you for saving people’s houses when they’re on fire.
AND
you’re awesome."









plans for the basket of goodies:




Pictures of Kindergarteners helping to put out fires:











2015-01-18

How will we bring joy to the city?


When their first idea didn't work out, teachers Nancy and Kelly were struggling with how to enter the Our Richmond project. Meanwhile,  the children around them where filling the classroom and the studio with airplanes of all kinds. (see more here- sabotpreschool.blogspot.com/final-boarding-call)

When the teachers from another class, the Garden room, shared a story of man downtown who commented that seeing the group of children "gave him the most joy he would have all day", the Meadow room teachers were inspired to flip the question from 'how can we get the children to engage with the city?' to 'how can we invite the city to share the children's joy?' 
Suddenly it seemed possible, if the children were to guide the way. During a morning circle, Meadow room children thought of some things they could make for people in the city, and came to the studio to work on crowns, and to make airplanes.
Here are the messages the children put on the gifts they made:
I LOVE YOU

HAVE A GOOD DAY

I KNOW I DON’T KNOW YOU, BUT I LOVE YOU

BATMAN! YOU ARE AS COOL AS BATMAN!

YOU’RE AS HELPFUL AS HELPFUL CAN BE

YOU ARE VERY NICE

YOU ARE SPECIAL AND SPECIAL AND SPECIAL AND SPECIAL AND SPECIAL AND SPECIAL!

I LOVE YOU. YOU ARE A NICE PERSON IN THE WHOLE WORLD

I LIKE YOU

TO ME, YOU ARE GOOD

HAVE A HAPPY DAY

DEAR STRANGER, I LOVE YOU

DEAR STRANGER, I LIKE YOU

YOU ARE KING OF THE PARK!

HAVE A HAPPY DAY, STRANGER. THIS IS FOR YOU!

Here is what they made...







An interesting question came up while a group was working on the crowns. "But the people we see are going to be strangers, and I'm not supposed to talk to strangers." I'd like to write more about this later. Stay tuned!