|"Ok everyone! You have to do a stretch like this!"|
EB, the dance class teacher
Through offering many venues throughout the day that draws each child into their own voice and way of telling their story. This is part of the reason that we have various areas at the preschool house. Areas that s
peak to each child in different ways and call them to tell their stories in the best way possible. The more available ways, the more stories appear, so I have been challenging myself to notice what the children are asking for, both directly and through their natural play and use of the space.
"Creativity seems to emerge from multiple experiences, coupled with a well-supported development of personal resources, including a sense of freedom to venture beyond the known." Loris Malaguzzi
The concoction station lends itself to cooking stories, but also now stories of explosions now that baking soda and vinegar have been introduced as available ingredients. By watching what and how the children use the materials offered, I am able to support their natural path of play and interests. Supporting their creativity in this way, the children are empowered to explore the full potential of their imagination, because their interests are free to develop with in the limits of safety and thoughts of their peers.
|"Briana will you take a picture so we can|
always remember this city?" TLC
|The travel artifact shelves. Maraca's as lollypops. SF|
|SM builds letters in the sunlight. "It spells stop! See?"|
Stories appear constantly through our day. They are in many forms, involving friends or individual, short and long, intricate and simple. When a child has any opportunity to tell they're story, not only do the felt seen and heard but know that they are a integral part of the community which is our school. They contribute and are creators in what it means to play, work and be at Tumbleweed. Their stories are their voice and we are there to capture and inspire them.
"Stand aside for a while and leave room for learning, observe carefully what children do, and then, if you have understood well, perhaps teaching will be different from before." Loris Malaguzzi