A Reggio-Inspired Project
What is Fall time?
It's when the leaves change colors. They are really bright in the fall time -Andi Rose
It's a time when it starts to get cooler and you have to wear jackets and warmer clothes. -Reid
Fall is when you see pumpkins and leaves that change colors then fall off the trees. -Charlotte
When is Fall time?
Fall comes after Halloween when the leaves start to fall down from the trees. The days get shorter because it gets dark so soon. -Greer
What do you enjoy about Fall?
I like to rake up all of the leaves into a big pile and then jump in. Sometimes my brother plays with me too. -Parker
I love watching the leaves fall down.-Mary
I love Thanksgiving. It's my favorite holiday. We get to eat turkey and see all of our family. -Ruthie
What changes do you notice outside?
I see the leaves changing colors. I like to see them change. -Brooke
I see pine cones everywhere. They used to be on the ground, but now they grow on trees. I see them in the Fall time. They are really spiky. -Lily
In the Fall time, it gets really really cold. Today it even snowed outside.
What colors do you see in Fall?
I see orange, and green, and red...and maybe yellow too.
How does Fall make you feel?
Fall makes me feel happy because I always get to see my family on the holidays. -Gigi
Last week we began a new study focusing on the seasonal changes taking place in our natural environment. The girls are beginning to notice cooler temperatures, and pumpkins around campus. Our walks around campus have been full of conversation about the beautiful colors we see changing before our eyes. On a recent walk outside, we set out looking for signs of the changing seasons. The girls were full of excitement as we searched areas of Hutchison's campus and noticed new things.
Our collection of Fall findings consisted of leaves, acorns, sticks, pine cones, and more. Our room was buzzing with excitement about the changing seasons. Our new study has invited many ideas and the girls are making wonderful connections.
What we were exploring...
As we continued exploring outdoors, we noticed the beauty in the changing seasons. Our collections of artifacts from nature grew and grew. After bringing our collections inside, we thought about how we could share our beautiful findings with others. We continued reading, observing, and learning about all the changes taking place outside and began to wonder...
How can I use art to help me represent the beautiful changes taking place in our environment?
This became our guiding question as we studied the changing seasons and looked closely at the world around us.
Today is the best Fall day ever. Look at the wind blowing the leaves off the trees.
A little paint, texture from nature, creativity, clay and an open-ended invitation allowed our girls to share their wonder of nature with you. We discovered that clay comes from the ground in our earth. This was such a fun concept for the girls as we have been so intentional in our study of things that come from nature. Working with the clay invited many perspectives. The sensory experiences the girls encountered working with clay were numerous. The clay invited the girls to poke, pinch, twist and roll. As they handled it, they developed both fine and major motor skills. Using clay, nature, and our creativity we let art take over. Many of our pieces took the shape of sculptures. Each piece was unique and truly reflected the beauty of nature.