Research in childhood

 Research is Sabot school's umbrella project this year.  It's one of the 5 Rs that guides the school. This project will look differently in each group, influenced by the personality and interests of the children and teachers. Some things I am wondering about have to do with children's inborn ways of researching. Is there a methodology children use that I haven't noticed? We know what research in school typically looks like, but what is beyond that? What is behind and underneath? What is research like in its wild state- on the playground or in the forest? Does research ever wear a cape or twinkling crown?

Here are a few pictures that show what research is looking like in some classrooms that I am collaborating with..
guy with a 16 pack

"Cal: Right when you’re born is when you become a person. And a person is just one person, but a people is more than one person.
Annabelle: You’re always sort of a person
Kate: When we were talking about when we become people, actually we always are people. And things like people, they stay that.
Zack: It is hard to find out what color my eyes are. It is a mix of green, blue and gray. I had no idea they were all these different colors.
Penelope: There are way more colors in my eyes than I thought.
Annabel: I can’t even really decide what color my eyes are. Some people say maybe hazel some say more brown! I’m not even sure.
Charlie: My eyes have brown, red and gray mixed in.
Kate: I knew about the blue and the green but I didn’t know about this dark ring around the outside.

In looking for a research question, fourth graders decided to see if they can find out every species that lives near school. They are drawing each specimen and making a card game called
Sabot Species Snap!


The Free Kids Art Studio 2016

Two years ago when the Kindergarten children were writing letters to Mayor Jones, one of their suggestions to him was to make studios around the city of Richmond so that:

The next year, in first grade, the children took up the free kid studio idea and worked to figure out how to make it real. At first they tried to design some buildings or vehicles that could carry materials around the city.
Eventually the children designed and built a table, and took the Free Kids Studio around to parks and childcare centers.

Yesterday the now second graders brought the free kids art studio to RVA Makerfest, so even more children could play and work with ideas. Hooray for the Free Kids Art Studio!


Small stories of discovery

New ways to paint! Messing about with a stamp and mixing colors.
Learning to use the hand drill!

Planning the work before making
(a bear)!

Messing about with materials. "It's a toothbrush!"