Friday March 2, 2018

Learning Story of our cavern.

The cavern was inspired by the children's interests in animals and caves earlier in the year.  The children were building caves from blocks and we added animals to extend their interests.  Some of our children are very interested in animals and we are always reflecting on ways to incorporate and extend this interest.  Through our observations and reflections we realized they their interest in animals was about them sharing and learning facts about animals and using animals in their play.

As we began to think about our art show in May, Daniel introduced Wes Sam-Bruce and his exhibit Cavernous The Inner Life of Courage.  Daniel introduced photos of Wes Sam-Bruce's exhibit to the children as a provocation.  We then added boxes for the children to paint.  The interest in the cavern took off and expanded to the walls and the ceiling of the back room. 

We introduced special markers, shiny materials and geodes to continue to connect and extend the children's learning.

In February we made our own crystals to extend our learning using borox and water and epsom salts and water. 

The cavern continues to grow and is now the main play in the back room. We reorganized the classroom to make more space for the cavern so we could continue to expand it. Families have continued to bring in large boxes and the cavern now has several areas and places for children to explore.

This learning story is Reggio Inpsired, a way to share the journey of learning that happens in our classroom.  This leanring jhourney is over the course of sevbeal months and is still continuing.  Today I noticed the children had built what looked like a caver out of holow blocks which inspired me to write this story.  Enjoy!