I am posting every day during March as part of the annual "Slice of Life" Challenge for Two Writing Teachers. Check out their website for lots more reflections on teaching.*******
Melissa has begun a unit on shadows and light with the children, and the children have jumped into it with both feet! To greet them yesterday morning, she had a projector casting simple light onto the wall. Seeing it, the children immediately moved in front of it and started dancing - creating large, moving, happy shadows.
We opened a shadow puppet center, with the children creating these from black cardstock, white crayons, scissors, and glue.
One child made a monster and, right away, everyone had to make a monster. For many of these, I am the one who did the cutting - but I was true to their drawn creation, as much as possible. Check these out -
As the children woke from their nap, Melissa invited them to a puppet show - "Bring a chair to the carpet," she encouraged. As we stacked napping cots, children buzzed around us gathering chairs and setting them up in rows. When all the chairs were collected (and we were still busy with napping cots), they sat down in the chairs and waited patiently and expectantly.
|The children have set up the room and are waiting for us.|
Today, I see many more monsters ahead!
(A daily share by a preschooler, in their own words)
A Story Collage by Charlie
Once upon a time, there was a girl and a boy and they sleeped in a cabin. They went into the woods, without the Daddy and Mommy. I was carrying her, I was carrying Margaret, because there was no Daddy and Mommy. They were driving, we were walking, we were meeting up with them. We were walking in the woods with no scary things. We got to the cabin first, before Daddy and Mommy, because they were really slow and we were really fast. This is the cabin and that’s them on the road. That’s the doorbell. That’s us walking in the woods. The whale was in the water. We live in our own cabin, Margaret and me. The End.