Ms. Holcomb & Mrs. Childress
A Reggio Inspired Study of Thankfulness
Thanksgiving is a time where we think about all of the things that we are thankful for. To begin this discussion we first asked, what does it mean to be thankful?
Connecting literature to our learning:
What does it mean to be thankful?
Being thankful means you feel happy. -Carlie
After our study on thankfulness. the girls each created a book of thanksgiving. In the book the girls thoughtfully thought of people, places, and things that bring joy to their hearts and foster thankfulness. The girls illustrated pictures, sounded out the words, and added detail with paint.
We are thankful for our grandparents and special friends!
What is fall?
Fall is when the wind blows super hard and the trees shake and the leaves fall down.- Ruthie
It's when its not hot anymore. You get to wear sweaters and tights!- Imani
All the leaves turn pretty colors.- Lilli Greer
Yeah! Like yellow and red and purple and green and red.- Maddie
And orange too, Maddie!- Grey
Oh yeah! Orange too.- Maddie
I like fall because we get to go trick or treating.- Emma
And we get to celebrate Thanksgiving!- Abigail
I like to throw the leaves in the air.- Carlie
It looks like it is raining leaves outside!- Elin
It gets dark outside fast in the fall.- Lane
You gotta come inside because it gets nighttime.- Mabel
I like wearing long sleeves and sweaters in the fall!- Phoebe
On cold cold fall days I can wear my gloves. Its not cold all the time in the fall.- Katie
The wind is shaking the trees and all the leaves down to the ground! It's raining leaves!!- Ruthie
This is the most beautiful red and yellow and orange and green ever!-
My leaf looks like a turkey and this leaf looks like an oval.- Imani
This is a small leaf. And this is a big leaf. And this is a tiny tiny acorn!- Emma and Katie
This leaf is brown and crunchy.-Phoebe
These red and orange leaves are still soft and smooth.- Mabel
I wonder why that one turneded crunchy? Maybe it was old? -Phoebe
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As we learn more about shapes, the girls helped Mrs. Childress create large shapes using tape on our carpet for the girls to have as a reminder as they move about their day. The girls counted how many sides they needed and also talked about length to make sure each shape was done correctly.
Self-portraits are a great way for our girls to explore the concept of self. A child's self-portrait can reveal many things. As with any drawing, it shows the development of fine motor, creativity and observation skills. It can also give insight into a child's self-concept. It's an easy way to form a connection and see how our girls perceive themselves through their own eyes. Below you will see conversations recorded and various self portraits we hope you treasure always.
The girls began this project by expressing themselves through free paint. The girls used this process to explore colors and textured. After two sessions of paint and adding detail with oil pastel, the girls drew a picture of themselves. Each girl used black pen to think about the details of her body and document through a drawing. Finally, we sat down together and talked about ourselves. The girls shared things about themselves that they love, that they are good at, and things that make them happy. I asked,
Can we see these things when we look at you?
Maybe you know my favorite color is pink because my shirt is pink.
That’s true but do I know you love to eat pizza at lunch or strawberries are your favorite snack when I look at you?
How can I know those things about you?
You have to talk to me and I can tell you!
We then sat down one at a time and the girls shared with me their verbal self-portraits. I asked each girl to tell me all of the things that live in her heart and her brain.
Her name is Elizabeth but them called her different names and she didn't like it. They called her nicknames because she likes her regular name she got sad. She said her whole long name really loud and they all heard her and they started calling her by her real name and her was happy. I am happy when people call me Mabel! - Mabel
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