i’ve heard the question several times: when do you have time to take all those photos?
well, there are two of us and the camera is easy to use, so it’s not just me.
but i have been thinking about how it is that there is time.
let me ask this: when there is a group of children on the playground, they are usually busy, yes?
they are engaged and active. engrossed in building or bug observing. flitting from slide to slide. with one friend the whole time or on her own. new groupings of children emerge because they all ended up on the tire swing at once.
there is seldom need for a teacher to create experiences for them. the space is predictable yet open ended. and there is time for taking photos.
this is how i like my indoor classroom to be as well.
in the wise words of maria montessori:
“The first aim of the prepared environment is, as far as it is possible, to render the growing child independent of the adult.”
The Secret of Childhood
on a day when i have done my job, there is time.
water + baby shampoo + cups + straws + an adult to help watch that germs don’t spread =
we’ve been celebrating the changing of seasons with an exploration of color all week.
on the first day of autumn, we “tie dyed” big coffee filters cut into leaf shapes.
my washable liquid watercolor hasn’t arrived yet (?!?!?!?!?), so i opened several of these and diluted them with water. they worked great (though now we don’t have our red, yellow or orange dot markers)…
the first day we did this project, each child worked on their own leaf. the next day we had the individual leaves balled and twisted on the table for the children to paint until all were colored. i did this at first because i anticipated some younger ones having a hard time stopping when their leaf was saturated.
this really simplified the project. there was less teacher work in name writing (because we did it ahead of time). there was a relaxed tone of working together to hide all the white. i liked that the focus was on pulling paint into the dropper and then squeezing it out.
we hung a string between a couple poles to let them dry (with the help of a fan).
these are delightfully colorful. especially when in a window or fluttering in a row.