This seemingly simple comment was really, really important. The student was able to express her emotions and through her (powerful) words get what she was looking for, a companion. It prompted me to step back and look at the photos of this week through a lens of friendship - community - and collaboration. What I found, was inspiring. Often in my reflecting I'm always thinking about next steps and how to go further. This refreshing reflection, was more of a celebration. How far we've come as a community...it is cause for celebration.
A celebration in images...
A mud hole is born
|A hole is created quickly with helping hands.|
|An idea from one one has the power to inspire many - to bring water to the hole!|
|Many hands help with the job...|
|our very own mud hole remains.|
Painting at the easel has become a collaborative venture, nearly each day one child asking another "Can I paint with you?"
|We have yet to hear a "no."|
Explorations with light and materials create something much bigger than anticipated
|Over several days explorations with cellophane, contact paper, beads and light...|
|Come together as one work of art.|
An independent beginning becomes a transformation
|A morning exploration becomes a project|
|as one child's shark and another's bass take on a life of their own.|
|It is decided the fish need an aquarium...|
|Which is encouraged with time, materials, and books...|
|with the help of each other...|
|an aquarium is built. The boys decided it should be placed on our door, for families to see.|
Even Oobleck is more fun with friendly fingers nearby.