This is just a small part of the long story of Ferris Wheels in the pre-school. It started with A.L.'s attempt to make one back in early October. Even with J's help,they couldn't make it turn. Even though they couldn't solve the problem, the two children knew it wouldn't be a very fun ride if the Ferris Wheel just sat still.
Later they took their Ferris Wheel to circle and got a lot off helpful advice from the larger Meadow room group.
The day these pictures were made was the day, several weeks later on November 15th, when the children were able to make Ferris wheels that could really spin! What made the difference? The children had come to understand the role that axles play in the process of spinning wheels.
It spun on this hook, but then there wasn't any room for the seats. The plan shows
J's revised ideas with a center axle, spokes, and a base.
I can hear myself say "Let's see, is it going to spin? Um, yes, it is"
Not my most inspired Teacher moment!