Ms. Holcomb & Mrs. Childress
A Reggio Inspired Project: Seasonal Changes
The Hutchison campus is full of changing beauty as we welcome a new season. The girls have observed changes in the air and seeing changes in the environment. As a class began a conversation about these seasonal changes that are occurring in nature.
We decided to take a closer look as a class and went on an adventure to discover more. We sat outside and enjoyed the book "Going On A Leaf Hunt" by Steve Metzger. The book inspired the girls to search for different signs of fall by looking for various colors, shapes, sizes, and textures. Below you will hear some of the girls thoughts. It always makes us so excited some of the connections they make.
How can we use art to represent the beautiful changes we observed in nature?
When the girls entered the room the next day I simply had clay and the collected fall findings available on the table. The girls organically came to the table in small groups as they entered or saw friends gathering throughout the morning. The girls worked together to design sculptures with their fall findings. The girls worked together to roll out, pinch, and fold the clay. They used artifacts from our walk to make prints into the clay and also placed pieces into the clay to make their visions come to life. At times the girls needed to problem solve because their idea did not happen exactly as they hoped the first time. This invitation to create not only worked on strengthening fine motor skills but also used lots of creativity as they recalled what they saw in nature and how it made them feel.
While creating our sculptures the converation emmerged that it looked as if we were making homes for fairies. This led to the idea of our jk friends being fall fairies! When I asked the girls how we could become fairies the idea was suggested fairy crowns,
How could we make fall fairy crowns?- Mrs. Holcomb
We have these leaves, maybe we could glue them together?- jk student
What if we used paper and put the pine cones and leaves and acorns on top?- jk student
I don't think glue would be too good because it could go in our hair and we would be all sticky.- jk student
What else could we use to help the leaves stay on the paper?- Mrs. Holcomb
Hmm. tape?!- jk student