A Reggio-Inspired Project Focusing On
January marks the half-way point in our junior kindergarten year. Five months is a long time, especially to a child. Since August we have seen our girls celebrate good news, make new friends, loose teeth, get new haircuts, grow taller, and even celebrate birthdays. In our time together, we have been silly and laughed alongside each other and we have even cried together. When thinking about all that we have been through, one thing stands strong, during the first semester, we have GROWN physically, emotionally, and academically. These small moments in time make such an impact on our girls. They tell a story that is meaningful and will forever shape them. While January is a perfect time for many to make resolutions and set goals, we wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on how we have each grown individually during the first semester. During our time of reflection we also wanted the girls to focus their thinking towards the new year as they contemplate goals and visions for 2020.
Our return from the holiday break led us on a journey of planning for 2020. We began first by creating a class vision board. A vision board simply stated is any sort of board used to display images of goals you may have. Creating and using vision boards serves several purposes and builds certain skills such as
As the girls created our vision board, they were able to talk with their friends about what they want to accomplish during the last half of junior kindergarten. As we observed them during our project it was really neat to hear the way they supported each other in their goals and visions. Our board will stand as a visual representation of who we are becoming.
You always have to practice to get better at things. I want to be better at coloring this year, so I'm going to practice lots.
Alongside our vision boards, the girls worked on mid-year self portraits. Creating self-portraits are a key part of learning and are an important element in personal development.
Over the last couple weeks, we challenged the girls to look closely at themselves through the strong and powerful art of self-portrait. We asked the girls to sit down at a table with black pens, a piece of blank paper, and a mirror. This exercise welcomed many conversations for the girls and set the stage for them to explore similarities and differences among each other.
We also extended the project to include loose parts in the Art Center. The girls created an additional portrait using materials such as wire, rocks, beads, pom poms, feathers, and so much more. We invited them to reflect, and then describe the ways that they have grown since last August.
We can do the monkey bars now! Yeah! We can go all the way across.
-Parker and Charlotte