At the beginning of the year I applied one of my super powers. I cleaned out and reorganized the Kindergarten resource area. During this process I found huge pieces of cloth. When Audrey and I had a planning meeting we discussed possible ways the fabric could engage the children. We wondered if the fabric could offer a provocation or connection to our year long unit about learning journeys. We decided to cut the fabric into unified pieces, about the size of the children.
I placed two pieces of fabric on the carpet in the morning and observed the children’s responses to them.
Elly Grace: What are they for?
Ophelia: Yeah, what can we do with them?
Takafumi picks up a piece of fabric, holds it length ways.
Henry: It’s a cape. I know… it’s a cape!
Zoe places all the fabric on the floor. All the children take a piece and attempt to tie it round their necks.
Ophelia: I’m a super hero.
Henry: I’m [???]
Zoe: would you be interested in designing super hero, super power capes?
YES unanimous response.
This is the design process. I will continue this post after the capes are completed and share the children’s super powers with you. The children quickly identified things they were good at and offered ideas for friends. This is an authentic link to our year long unit of inquiry into personal learning journeys.