“That’s Madrid kicking to score!”

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This week in the Studio, art groups have been shuffled to create new groups based on specific interests. In the Honeybee room, there has been a continuous interest in soccer amongst many children throughout the year. The Studio seemed like the perfect setting to dive into soccer a little further!

To give friends a clue about what we were going to be working on, I began by reading Madlenka Soccer Star by Peter Sis. This book is great… full of beautiful illustrations and soccer terminology that we found helpful. Before even reading the title, there was a buzz amongst the group about soccer. When I shared that we were going to start a long term project about soccer, there was cheering, a little screaming and lot’s of jumping around… sorry for the noise, Ms.Lauchlan and Mr.Duque!

Next, friends got to work on a plan and discussed what to work on first.

Braeden: Let’s make a soccer field!
Edwin: And a net to make a goal. A real net like in the book.
Abdoul: And then we yell, “GOOOOOAL!”
Beamlak: We could make a game in a box with a marble.
Braeden: Maybe we can make soccer balls and drop them in and deliver them to people.
Ezekiel: We need soccer teams.
Edwin: We can deliver the shoes.
Braeden: Are they called soccer pleats or soccer cleats?
Abdoul: Our players need numbers!

This video shows Edwin, Braeden and Beamlak working at the table on the field, the player positions and the logistics of making a soccer stadium. At the white board, Abdoul and Ezekiel are illustrating their own soccer games with two teams… Madrid vs. Barcelona!

Barcelona vs. DC United

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Today, after children finished working on their Styrofoam prints, Edwin and Ezekiel began sculpting a soccer game with play-dough. Here is part of the conversation that led up to the video.

Ezekiel: I’m on the DC United team.
Edwin: You want to, I make you a goalie.
Ezekiel: I’m making the soccer field. We need to make a big goalie, right?
Edwin: Yep. Why you making lots of balls?
Ezekiel: I need to.
Edwin: Cause I look at a soccer game and there was a lot of balls. Let’s make a lot of balls together, right?
Ezekiel: We need 2 goalies, right?
Edwin: We need a lot of balls, right? We saw it on the field. That’s a crazy ball!
Ezekiel: It’s so crazy.
Edwin: I’m Barcelona.
Ezekiel: I’m on DC United. My dad likes them.
Edwin: My daddy likes Barcelona and I like Barcelona. You like DC United?
Ezekiel: Yep, like my dad.
Edwin: Let’s make one hundred thousand five balls at the game.