Since I read Building Structures with Young Children by Chalufour and Worth I have been trying to implement some of their suggestions. I’ve been starting our class with a meeting in which we look at photos from the previous week’s building session. This week I was able to connect a structure one of the student’s built last time to a photo I had taken of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral which I photographed in New York City on my recent trip there.
Then one of the students reminded me that she wanted to create a blueprint before she built which was something we had tried before spring vacation. I had one of those moments where I thought….oh yeah…I was going to have paper and markers available every class. (When you travel to different school sites like I do it’s easy to forget less critical supplies.) Luckily paper and markers were available from our office closet just outside my classroom. After J. drew her blueprint she was looking for a specific block. I kept hauling the wrong block out of the special pieces tub. Finally she said, “I want that piece like T. used in the photo you showed us from last week.” Instantly I knew she wanted the triangular ramp piece. Although showing photos on the laptop is great….documentation panels would be even better! I’m going to have to put getting photos printed up on my ever expanding to do list of ideas to implement! This is just one class, but it’s so much fun and I love seeing how their ideas are expanding each week!