We constantly search for meaningful ways to approach our inquiry, and often begin with framing a question. Having recently visited the Elementary and High School Art Exhibitions, and viewing ballet as another art form, we posed the question, “What is an exhibition?’
My mommy was there and there was light
Make something with playdough there
You need to make some things out of paper and then dry it
An exhibition is something inside a building
The children reflected about the work they saw at the exhibition and one child says: “We make a lot of art”, pointing to our boards. They soon begin talking about how they would like other people to come and see their work.
I want everyone teacher and everyone
I have done lots of (lovely drawing)
I think I want the people in the whole world
How about the first grade and the second grade to see at the ELC
Both E1 and E2 children are in unanimous agreement to hold an exhibition and to invite all the people they love.
How can we let everyone know?
You need to write a message
It will say, come here
Come to the ELC
I know, we can tell them come over here because we want to show you the exhibition that we made
Maybe we can go and mail it
There is excitement and contagion about our ELC Exhibition, the name the children agreed upon. And with the added excitement of having lunch all together after the exhibition, we are truly looking forward to our ELC Exhibition!
The ELC Exhibition: What is Beautiful? -Trailer from lara magtalas on Vimeo.
Last month we began our ‘Library Time’ at ELC. This is time when the children listen to a story then get to choose a book from our library shelf that they can then take home. Mrs Kar visits from the main YIS Library each Tuesday afternoon and we enjoy a ‘new’ story that she has chosen for us. She has taken us on some wonderful adventures involving far away lands and magical creatures. The children’s love of stories is always shown on their faces as they listen. Recently I selected one of the books Mrs Kar had sent entitled “Tiger Goes Wild”, to read to the children. A wonderful discussion followed about where we could find a ‘wilderness’ and who had been to such a place. Ms Destiny seemed to have been the only one – Central Park in New York city?
Following the story the children are able to independently select their own library book. Everyone is very excited to do this and they take great pride in making their selection which they then take home that afternoon . We are sure you enjoy having a new book at home to read. Together we are growing life long readers and children who will always love a good story. Happy reading.
We have been observing how much the children enjoy digging in the dirt and even more so when water is added to the experience. We know how important it is for young children to experience sensory activities which involve both the hand and mind at work, such as exploring ‘mud’. Feeling the sensations in their hands of creating mud and working with mud, and simply getting dirty, offers a therapeutic experience releasing different forms of tension, increasing concentration and building relationships with friends through shared interests. From our observations, the teachers had an idea to create a ‘mud kitchen’ , and the front terrace space offered an ideal location for our plan. We approached the PTSA for some funding and are grateful to receive their support.
The children making mud pies and mud cakes share their experience with all the children at our morning meeting.
We first share a photo of some children making a mud pie. ‘What do you see?’
I saw mud pies
How do you make a mud pie?
You get mud and water
We made it in the play court
Not in, out!
That’s chocolate cake making
Where do your moms make cakes?
Kitchen! It’s a mud kitchen!
What sorts of things do you think you need in the mud kitchen?
Water and mud
Spades, plates, beater, spoon and fork!
We are very much looking forward to constructing this space with the children, a beautiful and imaginative learning space, that will continue to evolve, filled with stories in relation to each other as friends and their many shared experiences.
My Movie from YIS ELC on Vimeo.
On Tuesday we saw the blue skies and winter sun as the morning began and decided to take advantage of the lovely day by visiting the park. We also wanted to take the children to the Elementary Art Exhibition that was housed in one of the historic houses that are found in the park. It was wonderful to see the children run and jump and explore the delights of the gardens. The small groups of children that were taken into the historic house enjoyed viewing the work of the older children and showed great respect and interest in what they saw. We arrived back at the ELC happy, relaxed and hungry for lunch after a very nice morning.
Visit to the Art Exhibit from YIS ELC on Vimeo.
What is RE-invention?
“Re-invention means making something new…” (Justin)
For the past eleven years, the ELC has held RE-invention Day. This is a special day of celebration and collaboration involving the children, parents and teachers. Together we reflect on the issues of environmental impact and sustainable development from a creative perspective. Through our actions we wish to raise awareness and promote the idea that waste materials can be RE-invented to create new and precious objects. Re-invention Day is held to support and nurture the concept of RE-cycling, RE-ducing and RE-using within our community. In an age where there is an abundance of materials, at our ELC we wish to nurture the value of taking care of our things, new and old, and not simply to discard them meaninglessly.
This year, sparked by many unclaimed drawings and paintings by the children, we wondered how old sheets of paper can be given a new identity using a technique similar to washi making (Japanese paper making). The children brought in some old sheets of paper from home and through the hands of the children and their moms and dads, old sheets magically transformed into new and beautiful sheets of paper…
Re-invention Day from YIS ELC on Vimeo.
This week we invited our ELC parents to come and watch the children during their PE lesson with Mr Claydon. This was an opportunity to see the E1 and E2 children ‘in action’ up in the auditorium. The children showed their throwing skills with the bean bags as they threw high and low, under and over. It was an active and fun experience for the children and we are sure the parents were excited to see the children in action.
PE Action Portfolio from lara magtalas on Vimeo.
We have established a long term relationship with the park keepers at Harbor View Park by way of planting flowers in the plant pots which are permanently located near the bridge area of the park. We are looking at this experience within the transdisciplinary theme of ‘Who we are’ especially through the lines of ‘Myself as part of a group’, the group meaning a part of the ‘community’. It is a valuable opportunity for our children to participate in a role within the larger community, to have the responsibility to take care of something that is outside of the ELC and belonging to the larger local community. It is equally rewarding to receive the trust and respect from the park keepers to be entrusted with this opportunity for the children each year. This experience also lends itself to the natural process of making connections to our Sharing the Planet transdisciplinary theme, of making our environment beautiful, just like at the ELC – the work and learning happening through the Garden Group and the Playcourt Group.
Planting At The Park from lara magtalas on Vimeo.
After the mid-semester break, we have welcomed some new friends into our ELC. The addition of new friends into our ELC community provided an opportune time for the children to revisit the idea of friends and the question: “What is a friend?”
At the very beginning of the school year, a friend was very much related to family members. Over our months together, we have observed how the children have matured in their relationships with each other and deepened their understanding of what it means to be a friend.
The concept of ‘TOGETHER’ is highlighted in the children’s descriptions.
You can play together
We can share toys or book or origami
Friends are very good at sharing things
We need to be good to our friends
What does it mean to be good to our friends?
We talk together
Friends hug and kiss
Share the bikes together
You can ride a bike together
You can share scooters
You can draw together
We can play outside together
Respect your friends, that means being kind
We hope everyone enjoyed the mid-semester holiday. After each holiday, the children are always eager to communicate with us how they spend their time with their families. Their drawings reveal what they remember most from their experience, please enjoy viewing the children’s reflections.
Holiday drawings from YIS ELC on Vimeo.
The process to construct a shared understanding has been fascinating to be a part of. As the E1 and E2 classes shared their respective ideas on the important features of the playcourt, the children listened to each others’ ideas with respect and heightened them with additional inspiration. We then introduced the bare garden and shared some of the children’s ideas to plant flowers. Now that we have two areas of interest- the playcourt and the garden- we asked each child to think about his/her preference which space he/she would like to join to help enhance these two spaces. Please watch this space to follow how our two areas will be transformed in the hands and minds of our children.
sharing ideas from YIS ELC on Vimeo.