Showing posts from October, 2015

Kindergarten: Birth, Death and Naming Animals

When the children from the kindergarten class were outside one day, they noticed some baby squirrels playing. Later, one of the children noticed the same squirrels on the ground. Somehow they had died. See more here This is from an earlier conversation, represented in full at the link above: //
Tristan (an 8th grade reading buddy):
What do you think would be the best way to remember the squirrels?
Caroline: We could draw them.       Eve: You could pick a name for them.
Zoey: We could write a name on each squirrel.
Mary: Lets return to the comment Kate made. How do you think their families feel? Scarlett: I think that they are very sad.
Eve: We could write a sign that says no squirrel here and yes squirrels here on the place that we buried them.
Cal: They may not be able to read.
Eve: So let’s draw the squirrels with a big circle and line through it. We could put nuts under the signs so they (their family) could find them.
Anna "I noticed a lot of the names you were choosing for the squir…

Is there a better translation for Atelierista than Studio teacher?

What does an Atelieristado?
An Atelierista’s job is to help childrenmake their ideas visible. This is important because new understandings come from sharing ideas. There are many ways to share ideas beyond words. I wonder if it would be easier for people to understand the job if it had a different name in english? You can say Studio teacher to make it easier, but could there be better names for the atelierista? creative consultant to the children and teachers
or mediator between people and materials, 
or justcareful listener?  I would love to hear your suggestions in the comments.

Learning to Use Wire and Thinking About Bicycles

The children in Kindergarten have been thinking a lot about the UCI Road World Championship bicycle races which were just held here in Richmond. Dialog at circle inspired Shayna to get some wire to sculpt a bicycle. Before long, everyone was trying wire! Even the light aluminum kind of wire can be difficult for little hands to work with. You have to learn how to twist and bend, and that it is harder to twist short little ends than the middle of a long piece of wire.
The idea of the 100 languages of children inspires us to provide media and materials with which children can communicate. Some of these media may become languages the child can become 'fluid' with. One of my favorite artists, Ben Shahn, describes the process of learning an artistic language in his book 'The Shape of Content':
"If (a young artist) is just beginning in the use of paint, the way may be extremely difficult for him because he may not yet have established a complete rapport with the medium.…

Goggles for me and goggles for you!

The delightful moment when children discover the goggles in the studio!