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We are in the midst of a found objects exploration.
Every child brought in ten inconsequential "extras" from home...small things you might typically throw out, but that work so beautifully in our art, math, and storytelling. We have buttons, soda caps, metal pieces, ribbons, wires, game pieces, and so much more. Everyone finds them irresistible.
There is a lot going on in this one photo:
several children working simultaneously at the table,
separate but together,
two - leaning on one another, back to back,
everyone, intently focused on very small finds,
even searching the floor when one slips from the hands,
holding onto stuffed animals while they work...
I love how so many children can work so closely together, in a small space, and stay happy, content, focused.
Children find real meaning in these small treasures, and
I find real meaning in their engagement.
Here are some of my found objects from a walk on the beach in Saco, Maine over winter break - pieces of sea glass.