These are the documentation pieces of mixed ages 3 and 4 year old in a Pre-K classroom.
In the quest to understand how secondary colors are made, children used their inquiry and background knowledge to work in a backward design scenario in order to verify their theories.
"Children need the freedom to appreciate the infinite resources of their hands, their eyes, and their ears, the resources of FORMS, MATERIALS, SOUNDS, and COLOURS”
INQUIRY INTO LIGHT
In the use of this tool, children have the opportunity to explore and understand through their curiosity and manipulation of the projector, that light uses a device (the mirror) that moves the shapes onto the wall. The children enjoy using animals to tell stories as they build environments.
When children become risk-takers and have the initiative to transcend a project, there is agency and student-led action. Other children follow and we have a group of individuals working towards a common goal. Dialogue, negotiation, kindness, and patience suddenly envolve into perspective, and we have a social process which culminates in beautiful artwork.
After discovering the characteristics of pumpkins, and watching the changing leaves in the playground, the children were able to make their environment a new atelier, or as Malaguzzi would say, "their third teacher". Children culminated this extense experiential learning process by building their own Autumn environment represented in collage and mixed media.
IMAGINATION IN GREEN
Children make stories as they use the items around them. Their imagination is the comfort zone that allows space and wonders for their personal interests. Children use colors usually to illustrate, experience the magic of print, and sometimes to create magic potions or soups that can turn into something else.
Early literacy starts with read alouds that connect to the children's experiences as they start to develop connections to self, the world, and other texts. This starts to foster empathy and imagination while children find a strong bond to the characters based on their personal interests. In this story, the child has a strong passion for elephants and he was able to take this into different languages.
After exploring the way the projector works and different things are viewed onto the wall, a child strives to project his drawings using the projector as media. In this quest, he is able to discover other resources needed, in order to see the environment he is creating for the animals that are part of different collective stories that happen daily.
FROM 2D TO 3D WORK
In the exploration of color blue with paint and collage, one child decides to challenge himself and turn 2-dimensional panting into a literacy 3-dimensional structure that will represent him in all dimensions. This was a powerful experiential moment where a child intuitively found another language to express his way of thinking.