"My robot has eyes on the side, and the back and everywhere. You can't outlook it because it has eyes EVERYWHERE!"
"I sit in here so I can blast off!"
This week in our preschool summer camp, construction was our theme. Very early on in the week cardboard boxes were introduced as a material. When the children were asked what they would like to make with them, one of the boys eyes widened as he exclaimed, “LETS MAKE ROBOTS!”… and so it was. Toiling away, adding wires and more wires, the first robot began to take shape, and it quickly inspired the other children in the class to make their own robots.
Our first robot inventor initially declared, “No one can go inside this because it’s electric!” When his friends asked if he was the only one who could go inside he said, “No, not even me… only people that are made of wires.” But after a few moments passed he seemed to realize the benefits of being able to enter his robot, so he decided that he could go in his robot. When I asked him about how this was possible, and reminded him that only people who are made of cables are allowed inside, he tells me, “We have cables inside our bodies.'” When i ask him what they do, he tells me that they help him breathe and then further elaborates this point by showing me some wires on the top of his robot, (that he has been referring to as the smoker) and says, “When I breathe, the smoker, it takes the air and then blows it away from my body…” And the issue is quickly resolved with confidence and imagination. Soon his robot who started off as a happy cooking robot becomes half robot/half spaceship and he’s ready to blast off!
We are eager to watch how all of our robots will evolve and transform in the coming weeks, and to find out a little bit more about the cables inside us.
A day in the Preschool
Bottle Cap Collection at Apple Hill Farms Grocery Store
The more that is happening, the less time there is to blog about it!
Map-making, structural sculptures, mixed-media wall-hanging, and much, much painting is continuing. Posts about these coming soon.
For now, here is a picture of our bottle-cap collection jar at Apple Hill Farms Grocery Store on 6th Avenue. It is right above the plastic bottle recycling bins – if you live in the neighbourhood, why not add to our collection?
Plus here’s an article from our Nestlings Newsletter (available at charlesonkids.com) about documentation.
“I remember doing that!”
A group of children huddle around a photograph, excitement lighting their faces.
This is a valuable moment in many ways — not only to build happy memories, but also to boost the learning process.
At Charleson Park Children’s Centre we do our best to display a variety of documentation – photographs and words – on a regular basis, and in a way that is visible to both children and families.
Children respond to photographs of themselves with interest and pride. Documentation helps build strong self-esteem of the group, the individuals, and of each child’s work. It sends the message that we are all valued.
A child’s work is to play — this is how children learn about themselves, the world, and each other. Within playtimes (including art-making, dress-up, outdoor exploration, etc.) there are literally hundreds of moments of learning every day. Teachers encourage questions and thoughtfulness at every step of the way. But without documentation, it’s easy to lose track of all these moments. A simple photograph germinates many possibilities for further learning. Teachers are often amazed by the ideas that come from discussing shared memories with children. New directions are inspired by asking “This is what we learned so far — What next?”
And finally, at the end of the year documentation gives us an invaluable record of the growth of each child. It is one of the best joys of teaching to see the enormous progress that each child makes in a single year.
We encourage parents to come look at our documentation and to ask your child about the events and projects depicted. We hope that all families can feel connected and up-to-date with the learning process.