Showing posts from December, 2013


Today I got to go with the Meadow room to the Forest. Most classes in the school go to the forest each week. Some of the children from the preschool had been stringing dried fruits and things in the studio. Robyn and Nancy are always up for including me, and the Meadow room children were excited to choose a tree near the creek to hang the food for the animals on. They wondered what animals would come to eat them. Miles thought rabbits might come, Luke thought deer and worried a wolf might also show up. Kiri and Sabine remembered the dog named Annie they had met on another forest walk, she thought Annie might like to nibble on one of the orange slices. Rene didn't finish her whole apple, so Freddie figured out how to prop it between two small branches.

Walkie Talkie Tower- next steps

The kindergarten team met to figure out what to do next, after the initial work with mirrors, bouncing light,  and of course hearing about the Walkie Talkie tower, the building in London that can actually melt cars and cook eggs. One of my intentions for this school year has been to learn more about the crossover between studio thinking and the academic disciplines, especially science and math, which in primary school have the appearance of resistance to visual and expressive languages. This seemed like a place where science and the studio could meet.

The teachers decided to give the children time to draw in their sketch books, so that we cold gather some of their ideas. We also decided to introduce the idea of a model, thinking that a group may want to build a model of the building in London.

Hailey's idea
It's a boy and and he's sad cause he doesn't have someone, and he looks over and sees her, and then he saves her and they're in love.

Hunter's idea
So many mirro…

Science in the Kindergarten- The Walkie Talkie Tower

Guest Blogger Mauren Campbell, kindergarten teacher, worked with the beginnings of a project on light and heat, which later came into the studio. Here is her account of the origins of the walkie Talkie tower project:

During our morning work in the Kindergarten classroom, we are often bathed in sunlight, thanks to our beautiful eastward-facing windows. One morning, as a child sat at the observational drawing table sketching his own face…

“Look! Look!” we soon heard, as he aimed the mirror up and around, bouncing spots of light all over the room. He had found such joy in the understanding of reflection that other children soon joined him. 

Later, during our project circle, we asked if anyone would like to continue the exploration that this group had started, and soon a group of boys was tramping around the school’s campus shining light onto trees, fences and street signs. We noticed that some surfaces and materials were more reflective than others, and we thought hard about why. 
“When …