The main focus of our RE-invention Days have always been about RE-cycling, RE-using and RE-ducing in our environment. Some of the experiences have included collecting old pieces of paper and transforming them into new pieces of paper (washi), preserving the natural materials which the children find on their walks to the park to make installations for our back terrace, and of course, the collection of translucent materials last school year (pet bottles, CDs, wrappings, etc) to make light installations for the Piazza.
This year has been the first year where we have collected our very own natural resource of ‘voice’ and RE-cycling our childhood memories through singing songs. Every song brings memories to our hearts and minds, whether it is the lyrics, melody or the time and place you heard the song, or with whom you listened to the song together with, or sing together with. When we hear a song that we learned as a child, we wonder what memories come to our minds? What images will appear for the children when they hear and revisit the songs of their childhood? It is our hope that our RE-invention Day this year, through the collaborative collection of songs from our ELC community 2013-14, will offer a recyclable memory of the ELC for years to come.
The children were delighted t0 watch a slideshow of the RE-invention Day. By revisiting the experience, they were able to share with us what they enjoyed about their experiences.
“I like learning the song.”
“I like sing song.”
“I like sing song with my mommy, it was fun.”
“I like to sing with all my friends.”
“I like that my daddy came.”
“I love to sing song with S, my mommy and S’s mommy. I love to draw the horse.”
“Sing song with H and S.”
“I liked to draw.”
“That is mine, S, H, that is mine and my mom.”
“The special part was drawing.”
“I wasn’t there.”
“That with my mama.”
“Did you know I draw a picture?”
“The horses, because the horses song.”
“I have Korean song!”