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Elizabeth's class continues their study of homes and houses. Several children had collaborated to start some "rooms" of a house on a prior day. On the day I visited, we took those rooms and began to add parts to them. Eventually, the idea of connecting the rooms into one house took shape. I was struck by the ease with which children could look at possible materials, see a shape which reminded them of something they needed in their room, and then go about adding it to the space. There was a clear energy burst when they made that connection. Also evident in the process was the persistence needed, on occasion, to construct things that stood up, or otherwise looked like the image they had in their mind. Experimentation was tried, supports were brought in and ideas were copied by others when they worked. It was clear that basic lessons in physics and engineering were being absorbed by the hands on work.
Dance students and their instructor visiting the children in Amy's class before their session at Morning Meeting.
October 22 - Today the U of M Dance students came for the beginning of 4 weeks of Monday sessions at the Lab School. Their instructor demonstrated a few movement activities with our am children. The students will take a turn leading a movement session at Morning Meeting over the next three weeks. In this session with Ross' classroom, the children work with concepts of small and tall, and straight and curved shapes. To finish off, the dance students demonstrated their ability to move in curved and straight ways. We wanted to children to have the chance to see some serious dance moves to help them understand some of the range of what dancers can do with their bodies.
To finish off, the dance students demonstrated their ability to move in curved and straight ways. We wanted to children to have the chance to see some serious dance moves to help them understand some of the range of what dancers can do with their bodies. We noticed that there was more participation in movement experience we did later in the day after the demonstration.