A selection of photos from our workshop:
This month's Messing About workshop also featured cardboard. Many of the teachers present had been participating in the #cardboardchallenge with the children in their classes and brought that excitement.
We also had three children attend the teacher workshop with us.
We noticed a series of 3d compositions were created - most of them were representational (ships, robots, pigs).
Where last month had produced such a wide variety of strategies for messing about, we wondered about the parallel work this month. Was this a product of the teachers' time messing about with the cardboard over the past month? Was this because it was the second workshop and some level of comfort had been established? Was this because the children present were so comfortable taking inspiration from the work around the room (where adults might feel uncomfortable "copying")?
A huge thank you to Ryan from ABC Imaging for the great donation of cardboard tubes
Reflection from Yia-Yia
During last week's Grandparent Luncheon at Boulder Journey School, one guest shared with her granddaughter's classroom teacher that she had been a colleague of David Hawkins. We were put in touch, and Marion (Yia-Yia) Emmanuelle shared the following reflection:
“There is a time, much greater in amount than commonly allowed, which should be devoted to free and unguided exploratory work.” - David Hawkins
Chicago Exhibit Opening
What an amazing evening with great people and in such a beautiful place. The Chicago Opening of the exhibit Cultivate the Scientist in Every Child took place at the North Park Village Nature Center. We felt this was a perfect place for the exhibit to start its Midwest tour. The NPV Nature Center is the oldest in the city of Chicago and simply beautiful with a wooded area and a pond fitting of a pond study. The building is also historic and used to be one of the city's Tuberculosis Sanatoriums, but has been transformed into a gateway to the beautiful wooded area beyond.
Though the evening seemed magical and the exhibit like it was meant for this place, it took many months of planning and collaboration to pull it off. Cultivating Early Years, the coordinators of the exhibit in the Midwest, brought together an amazing group of collaborating organizations. These organizations donated time, money and resources to bring this event to Chicago and the surrounding area and deserve a huge amount of the credit.
The exhibit will be in 3-4 places while in the Midwest. It is at the Nature Center until February and then moves to the Milwaukee area. It will be back to Chicago for a closing in April, before moving on to Tennessee. For more information about its location in the Midwest you can go to culitvatingey.com.
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