When a child comes to the studio, they may have been talking or playing about an idea in their classroom for a long time, but I don't hear that (unless a teacher keeps in touch). These notes, then, are a way that I begin to listen to the child, to know what it is they need my help with, and to begin to build a shared understanding of what they want to to in the studio.
When Jasper and Yates came to the studio with these notes, I remembered that they have shown a strong interest in combines and big farm equipment. This was one of the first times Yates had ever wanted to visit the studio, so I knew he must have had a lot of motivation to make a combine. The boys chose dark green paper and we looked at the shapes of the blades and the wheels together. After they drew their combines and colored them, I helped cut them out.
|John Deer Combine|