Why it is important to revist past explorations.

Why it is important to revist past explorations.

Welcome back Roots families! Have you ever started a project, enjoyed it, then repeated the project again? What did you feel the second time? Was it a deeper experience? Did you get better at it? We have noticed reoccurring patterns in the Roots play that had started in the beginning of the year, but now the play has changed, they are experimenting with more complex materials: 

  • Sound and vibrations
  • Cause and effect (experimenting with color mixing and branches on the playground)
  • Splashing

Sound and vibration has a been a huge part of the emergent curriculum for our Dot since the beginning of the school year. Just like boxes started with enclosing themselves and moved to what is it made of. The interest in sound and vibrations  has moved from experimenting on anything and everything to creating personal instruments to achieve a desired effect.  The  sounds create a vibration through the tubes. We have noticed both short quick beats, as well as drawn out long tunes.

Color mixing and transformation…

Many of the Roots have been experimenting with color mixing and color transformation which connects with all sorts of cause and effect work they return to over and over.  This week the color experimentation led a few of the Roots to discover that paint could also change the color of glue.  They shared this discovery with the rest of the class at reflection and returned to experiment with it again the next day.

Experimenting with long branches…

At the end of the week last week some of the Roots began to play with a new loose part on the playground, long branches.  These branches have been on the playground for a long time, first with leaves that slowly dried and were pulled off.  Now that all of the leaves are gone, the children are using the branches in new ways.  Many of the Roots have noticed that they can use the long branches to reach up to high places on the playground, way up high in the bamboo, up to tall large branches in the tree and the shade coverings.  They also realized that they could get themselves up high and use the branches to touch the ground.  Some of the Roots have also been experimenting with pushing the branches along the ground.  We wonder what ways these new observations might connect to other parts of their play, what do they notice about their own body in space? how tall they are? how far they can reach on their own?

Later in the week, the branches were incorporated into play in other ways.  A branch that is stuck into the “stage” is stepped on and then moves when the children step off.  This is similar to some of the discoveries they were making earlier with the planks, where the Roots were watching how stepping or pushing on one end effected how the board moved at the other end.  Many of the Roots discovered how the branch bounces back up when you step off, noting that they had to step off carefully.  These discoveries were shared and discussed with the group using a video clip during morning assembly.

Splashing!! Many parents are probably wondering why so many wet clothes are coming home and why mud is in everyone’s hair. The same idea behind our loose parts area inside the classroom, where they have been experimenting with trajectory, is continuing outside. It started on the slide with sand, moved to the log, then to the tunnel with water. Water has taken on a life of its own. On Thursday, a large group was trying to make the largest splash possible by jumping as high and as hard as they could in the water. When water would spray up and over their heads cheers of excitement and “We did it!” rang out. We saw teamwork, sharing of ideas, and a common goal with a large group of the Roots. The few that did not want to get wet watched and encouraged their friends.

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” — Loren Eiseley

Next week we will be interested to see where the water play leads and how it will play into other areas of their learning.

Color mixing and transformation continues to surprise us and we have noticed some friends using this as a language to start writing letters!

What patterns and repeating processes are you noticing with your children?  What activities are they returning to over and over again, but exploring in deeper and more complex ways? Ms. Kim and Ms. Inga are spending much of their collaboration time looking at and discussing what we saw in the beginning of the year, how it is coming back in to their play and how we can continue to support their excitement and curiosity to take it even further.

Have a great weekend!