This week in the Studio, we have been sorting and exploring Beautiful Junk! In Pre-K classrooms, children have been working on creating a “plan” for what they will work on during centers. Plans range from cooking in Dramatic Play to building a house jet out of Beautiful Junk. When I went in to pick up one of my art groups today, I learned a little about Minna’s plan that she’s been working on for a good portion of the week. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to bring classroom work into the Studio to elaborate on!
Minna: Look at those, those are treasure.
Ms.Cushner: Are they all treasure?
Minna: Not those ones. And not these ones. That one’s not a treasure, but that’s a treasure. Treasure, treasure, treasure, treasure, treasure and treasure. I meant that one’s not a treasure. Wait, this one isn’t working… will you try?
Ms.Cushner: Hmmm… what should we try? Tape? Glue?
Minna: Here, I’ll give you some magic. I cut the ribbon, see?
Ms.Cushner: Wow! Can you tell me what you’re working on?
Minna: It’s a jet with animals. The animals live in this jet. See that orange box? I put some animal soap in that orange box.
Ms.Cushner: And this whole part over here is the jet, too?
Minna: Uh huh… this is a house jet so there’s a house inside of the jet and together it’s all a house jet.