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From black and white to color

We started the year exploring black and white, and for the kids, restraining (or expanding?) art to those two colors led us to different ways of exploring shapes. On the following pictures, you can see them from making experimentations with paint, to comment what they’re feeling about other childrens’ work. 

Is this headline blue? Perfect

As you may know, the collective theme for this year is color and we are currently onto blue. To share a bit of what’s been going on, here are some different projects the kids have been working on related to this very intriguing color.

First of all, “if every construction block we have is blue, and I want to play with animals, then I’m going to make ice floes”! This is the reflection Adya made on a quiet afternoon, and she was soon to be joined by Saskia. The two of them explored different aspects of this moment; Adya was making sure the construction was stable, and immediately related the color blue to natural elements (the sea or the sky), whereas Saskia would be interested in the way these animals could live on high or small ice floes. Both of these insights are interesting, since I myself didn’t know how tick an ice floe could be (do you?).

Maybe you’ve seen them, maybe not; one thing is for sure, kids love them. Sensory bottles are both fun and soothing for children. Fun when you’re using them as feeding bottles, soothing if you need to focus on the water flows for a while, or imagining micro-worlds in these fascinating bubbles. Dorine couldn’t help but remember the sea everytime she was playing with a blue bottle.

Creating them (in various colors) has been an interesting support to talk about color mixing and interaction between different components, such as oil and water.

By taking notes on what colors we are mixing and the results we’re getting, we learn that colors are something more than just colors, “ils se mélangent”, Sam said. 

So blue is blue, right? Maybe this last question made sense to you, but exploring that color close to children made me wonder. Why do some of them interpret green, or purple as part of the blue family? I don’t have the answer yet, but through the bubble experiment and the material at their disposal at school, I noticed that most kid aren’t as strict as I would have been of what is blue.

For example, during the bubble experiment (that Aaron, Lina, Saskia, Michelle and many other kids), most of the kids kept mixing blue with all sorts of other colors: white, black, yellow… in the end, for most of them it was still blue though! You had to really add a lot of another color for them to say “oh!!! this is green now!!!” (Lina, right after experimenting what yellow paint would change to the blue bubbles).

Another example is Audren and Neo starting a drawing on their own books one afternoon, with a pot of blue pencils in front of them, and progressively looking for green during their work. You should really ask them what they were doing, both answers are equally intriguing!

Then, time to party!

We definitely wish to thank you for making Halloween so fun! The pictures coming are showing you how much the kids enjoyed being disguised together. Here, they decided to make a train after dinner. Every person they would come by had to join in, and follow the train by singing a song. Joy is an essential component of well-being, at all time and all ages. So, let’s share some of it between princesses, superheroins, witches, ladybugs, ans so on… well, just a normal day at school after all!

Let's end this week's post with some movement

Here is an insight on the dancing atelier the kids have with Marie-Elodie every Thursday.

As you will see, the main theme has been the fall. What happens when we stop using our muscles, or if we imagine all the energy we have into them is gone? And why do we fall? According to Ellie, « Parce que sous la terre il y a de la lave! ».

Well, we’ve still been looking into it, just to make sure. So, the children tried to make original falls and then shared them with the other ones.

One group was interested in how you make the muscles work. So, an initiation to “portés” was made.

Another group tried to go against the force that makes us fall when we make little, or higher jumps. We noticed that the higher and the stronger the jump, the faster and the most tired we get. Our heart beats faster… but why? Well:

“If our heart stops beating, we’re dead”

“Yes, because our blood won’t move anymore”

“At home,  I have a book that shows the body and the muscles. You can see how the mommy has her belly that pushes to get the baby out” (Michelle).

We hope this little insight into how children learn about their body will add the magical value we see in them everyday to these last media.

Have a great week, and see you on the next blog!

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