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Whole Child: Wednesday Group 1.8.17 & 1.15.17

November 15, 2017

Busy bodies and busy minds at the studio! 

*Number & Letter Projector Invitation*



The light table is gone and a new machine has taken its place! The kiddos were very excited to explore our projector! The large letters and numbers sparked their interest in the beginning.


R placed the letter "D" on the projector. F said, "That's in my name!" R responded by saying, "No, this is in your name" and placed the letter "F" on the projector. F replied, "They're both in my name!"


The children grew tired of the letters and grabbed the fall manipulatives and rocks. This led them into guessing how many acorns they placed on the projector without actually counting them. They observed size differences by using the rocks on the projector. The materials then quickly became props in their good versus evil dramatic play.


This week we took the fall manipulatives away from the projector invitation to use in another invitation. This encouraged the kiddos to use the spools, corks, and popsicle sticks instead. 


"It looks like donuts!" - T proclaimed after they stood a bunch of spools and corks on the glass. 


"Lets build some bridges!" - F told his friends. They placed the popsicle sticks on top of the spools and corks to connect them. 


The kiddos then used the trophy parts to build on top of the projector. They turned off the projector while they built causing them to be surprised at their creation when they turned it back on.   


"It looks like space rocks! - T


The trophy parts seemed to be their favorite building material as they constructed numerous cities together.



*Oil Pastel Lines Invitation*



Our friends were very interested in experimenting with our new art medium - oil pastels! Inspired by our book "Lines that Wiggle", the kiddos made a variety of lines and shapes with their pastels. They helped each other tear the paper off of the pastels if they needed more color. They also cohesively worked together on two large pieces of black paper. If they wanted to color where their friend had already colored, they made sure to ask beforehand in order to prevent hurting each other's feelings. R enjoyed smearing the oil pastels with his finer and drew a portrait of himself. After observing a lot of bold and sharp lines, I challenged our friends by asking, "Who can make wavy soft lines?" F quickly jumped at the challenge and said, "I can!" If you look closely in the pictures you can see his loops and his waves. :-)



*Ruler Exploration Invitation*