Deconstruction and Decomposition
An offering for the children and families of Room 6
We recognize that connection is of utmost importance during this time. This can be tricky to navigate with toddlers who are just learning how to use the various video technologies. The children's adaptability is shining through as they demonstrate their growing understanding of what it means to share time together through a screen.
Below are some strategies for supporting the children in engaging with the humans on the other end of the screen.
Objects in Motion
One idea is to keep moving. As your chatting partner (whether that is a grandparent, a family friend, or a teacher) to move around their house as they talk to your child. This can lead to games such as 'I Spy', finding objects to tell your child about, or giving a tour of their home.
Make it a Musical
When in doubt, sing it out! Music keeps children engaged in a video call. Many songs are accompanied by hand gestures or support jumping, dancing, and moving for an added interactive component. If your chatting partner can play an instrument, that is a bonus!
Here are some more resources about keeping video chatting interesting with your child!
What strategies have worked for you?
Messing About with Glue
An offering for the children and families of Room 3
While working with glue with infants and young toddlers can be a bit messy, it can provide a new and interesting sensory experience for your child with something easily accessible at home.
Glueing is a fun way to work together to create an original work of art that can can support fine motor coordination and provide a new and engaging creative experience.
In the past, teachers have offered glue alongside a paintbrush or something that can be used as a paintbrush (flowers, leaves, sticks, pipe cleaners, etc.) and materials that children can use to stick to a paper. Both solid and liquid glue offer different, fun, sensory experiences.
The Room 3 teachers suggest putting down big pieces of paper or newspaper over the surface you plan on using to work, and then having a warm, wet cloth around to wipe off excess glue and your child's hands.
A one-teacher band
An offering for the families and infant children of Room 2 from Resident Teacher Emily
While still in school, the children and teachers of Room 2 had been investigating sound. While at home, this investigation continued through the variety of offerings from the infant teachers. Resident Teacher Emily decided to use some random materials in her house to create "The One Emily Band."
She remembered that as a child, she would pull out the pots and pans and bang on them to make music. She thought it would be fun to do this again as an adult and create a little tune to go along with the sound exploration. She reflected that this can create big sounds, so doing it outside might offer a more enjoyable experience for everyone.
Here are some of the materials she found:
She took videos of herself using these materials and created a song in iMovie.
An offering for the children of Room 11 from Mentor Teacher Laura
There may be a lot of big feelings happening right now and play is a great way to make sense of what may be happening. Laura had a lot of fun making these. She offers the experience to her children to see what different versions and characters they will develop.
Sun and Ice
An offering for the children of Room 15
Step 5: Investigate
Explore it outside!
Watch as the sunny weather melts the ice before you.
Can you break through the ice to reach the items inside?
How do the materials stay the same? How do they change?
What tools can you use?
What happens to the ice when an item is taken out? Does it leave an imprint?
How does it feel on your fingers? On your toes?
Can you use a flashlight to shine it through the ice?
Creating a Time Capsule
An offering for the families of Room 4
The teachers of Room 4, reflecting on that fact that we are truly living through a historical moment in time, realized that when our children are older they will likely want to know details. As time passes we will inevitably forget the details of our everyday lives during this quarantine, so they extended an invitation to the families to add to their children's Journey Books (Portfolios).
They included a series of questions to help guide the families who chose to join them in this experience.
An offering from Resident Teacher Brittney
"Hello families! I've been spending lots of time at Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge during this crisis, and I wanted to share my experience looking for animals with all of you! I attempted to create a British nature documentary....and hilarity ensued. I hope you and the children enjoy and get some laughs out of it!
I am also wondering what animals you're seeing on walks! I'd love to start compiling some photos of animals you're seeing, and maybe your children could get involved in taking the photos, I know they've been loving taking photos at school. Let us know what you're finding!"
Creating a story character
An offering from Mentor Teacher Greg Morgan
Each day, Greg has been offering the children of Room 12 a new challenge around storytelling, story creating, and story appreciation. This was a strong thread of interest when they were all together.
In this video, Greg walks them through creating a character.
Going on a sensory scavenger hunt
An offering for the children of Room 13 from Mentor Teacher Kayla Rodriguez
"What are the five senses?!
Hearing, Sight, Smell, Taste, and Touch
Using our senses allows to appreciate things in the world around us that we might not have noticed before.
Discuss each of the five senses, then go outside and tap into one sense at a time. Describe what you focused on for each of the senses. Use as much detail as possible to describe what you're experiencing.
Hearing: outside I heard the clunk of garbage trucks in the distance. The slight drip from our gutters as water is hitting the sidewalk. Birds in trees around me squawk and chirp at each other.
Sight: I see the pokey pine needles from the tree to the right. I notice the separation in the grass and how under the tree it is brown and bare. I see the fence being held together by planks nailed in place. I notice the new buds forming on the small tree on the left and how the shadow darkens the ground below the tree.
Smell: As the wind blows I smell fresh cut wood, as a tree is being cut down in my neighbors yard. I also smell my hair and its sweet cedar smell.
Taste: As I stood there I could taste my breakfast from this morning. The granola piece still stuck in my molar.
Touch: I stood with my hand on our deck banister. I felt the rough texture of peeling paint and rigid wood.
Boulder Journey School is a private school that welcomes over 200 children and their families. Students range in age from 8 weeks to 6 years.