Showing posts from January, 2012

friendly signs

With so much construction going on at Sabot, there are many signs pointing out what not to do and where people should not go. I wondered what young children would think if I asked them about making some friendly signs to hang up.
Here is their conversation, held as they were drawing images for the signs.

Anna "Could we make some friendly signs or some 'yes' signs?"
Ju. "Yeah, like you can bring a dog. Or, please have a nice dog and not a mean dog. Cause a mean dog might get the fragile stuff like me and Duke's special boat. I know you need signs, cause Duke started putting signs so the cleaners wouldn't throw away the big (cardboard) pirate boat.

Ja. "I want to say 'please draw'"

M. "How about 'play the guitar'?"
L. I wanna say please have beds, so I can sleep in the grass."
Ju. Sleepover with Sabot?"
L."Please be comfy on the grass'

L. I know! "Please have good manners"
M. Please slow down&…

How to Make Seats for a Ferris Wheel

Most of the Meadow room children feel finished with their little Ferris Wheels and are ready to make a big one. The teachers said to the children;
"We asked Pippin if he thinks you could make a real Ferris Wheel, because we thought it might be too hard. But he said he thinks we can do it!"

Ja. That's cause he's a building man.

How can you make a seat that would show Pippin the right size for a child's Ferris wheel?
An. It has to be the size of that chair (points to a chair in the room).
Ja. It has to be a cage so we can stay stabled. So we won't fall out.
children- Yep, It has to have seat belts. A door. Maybe another door. A seat needs lots of stuff. Ac. I've rode on a real Ferris wheel, and it has bars that go up and down. The bars go up and down for the people to get out.
Je. I saw that on a chair lift! B. I saw it on a roller coaster. When you put your hands up, it goes... boom!
Ac.  A man comes to wiggle the bar to make sure the seat belt is tight. An. It has…


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Martin Luther King Day

"If you believe that others are a source of your learning, identity and knowledge, you have opened an important door to the joy of being together.  We are not separated by our differences but connected by them. It is because of my difference that I am useful to you because I offer another perspective."
Carlina Rinaldi in The Hundred Languages of Children third edition

The Hundred Languages of Children, third edition is here!

The Hundred Languages of Children 3rd edition is full of inspiration and ideas, as all of the books are. For me, reading these kinds of books is a way to shake off weariness and renew my capability for "the art of becoming surprised and amazed by children" and what they can teach me about teaching and about being.        
(Loris Malaguzzi)

For a while now I have been trying to understand more about documentation and its role in learning for children, parents and teachers, as well as its potential to make political change. Learning to use pedagogical documentation is one of those things that requires lots of time for trying, reflecting, and trying again. In light of moving out of preschool to work with older children, I especially want to figure out if documentation should or can be used in primary and middle school.

Part three of the book is called 'Documentation as an Integrated Process of Observing, Reflecting and Communicating'... just what I need! Here are some quot…

Pirate Bones

A group of boys who are 4 have been playing a pirate game in their classroom. These guys would rather be in action than sitting at a table, but the lure of making 'pirate stuff' brought them to the studio. A classmate broke his foot earlier in the year, and so this class has been looking at x-rays and bones. It seemed like making skull and crossbones would be a perfect place to start. I have a bucket of pieces from various 'Mr. Bones' (plastic skeleton models) that have broken over the years. The boys eagerly examined the pieces, hypothesizing about what parts of the body they were.

It is always striking how the model skeleton inspires close observation and detailed drawing, even in very young children who are just beginning to learn to control their marks.

A.who is 3, has been interested in bones too. He made a paper skeleton  earlier in the week and so his teachers asked if he could be included in this group. He joined right in with the older boys, even though he wasn&#…

tinkering at two

It is always fascinating to see how the youngest children are in the studio, what they choose to notice and try.