“I love it.  I love this place!”

This week, children began coming to the Studio for art groups… FINALLY!  New friends were excited to explore the Studio, and returning friends were eager to be leaders.  Friends had many noticing and wonderings about the new space…

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Jahir: What’s over that wall?

Abbie: I hear the air conditioning blowing loud.  It makes me feel calm.  And soft.

Maya: I didn’t know you were over this wall!

Briana: Where did this room come from?

Ethan: Do you have beds in here for nap time?

Nanahi: I hear Ms.Holmes singing “Sally the Camel!”

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Khyrstian: Lots of good art in here!

Kennedy: What’s that sound?

Noah: It sounds like people?

Elena: I love your house!  It’s nice.

Yanelis: I hear that.  What’s that sound?  It sounds like niños.  And I hear Mr.Christian?

Matthew: I like the flowers.

Leah: Why does the sink make noise?

Jayden: I love it.  I love this place!

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We began by painting together at the front table with liquid watercolors!  Children practiced putting on smocks, safely passing glass jars with paint and putting wet work away on the drying rack when they were finished.

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Uhura: I see flat brushes, and round brushes.  And big ones and little ones.

Aria: I’m getting so tired from painting.

Dayana: That’s a ginormous skinny brush!

Nora: First the paint looked black, but then it dried brown.

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Adele: Keep the glass on the table so it doesn’t break or spill.

Asa: If you put the brush in the wrong jar, it will change it wont ever change back.

Eva: I’m painting a house for fish!  It even has a spot for the fish to put her clothes.

Hailey: Blue paint… like the color of smocks!

Anival: If you want to mix a rainbow, mix it on your paper.

Sallie Chapel: I’m wearing a smock like you.  We’re artists.

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Once children were done painting, they could self select other centers in the Studio to continue their work.  At the sensory table, there were mung beans and materials for scooping and pouring.

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Yanelis: I’m making a little tea party in here.

Vanessa: I love sensory table.  It feels so weird!

Kennedy: I love it.  I want to play so long!

Isaiah: Don’t eat the sand for real.  It’s not really ice cream!

Javi: Don’t spill the beans.

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At the easel, there were dry erase markers and erasers for collaborative drawing.

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And at the back table, there were drawing materials sorted by color!

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Jax: Put the tops on so the smelly markers don’t dry up.

Theo: If you twist this too high, it’ll break.  If it breaks, we won’t have it.

Adele: This marker color is metallic.  That means it can glow in the dark.

Nanahi: Twist only a little bit.

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“Junk is ew… but if it’s Beautiful Junk, then it’s fancy!”

Last week, children were introduced to “Beautiful Junk,” which are recycled materials that we can reuse and repurpose in the Studio and in PK classrooms.  Families received a letter asking for donations and were invited to drop off bags of materials in the bins outside of the Studio.  Please continue to donate and fill our bins throughout the year.  By the end of the week, bins should be labeled so that families can sort their materials for us to use!

We began by reading Not A Box by Antoinette Portis.  This book is great, as it’s all about a rabbit that uses a cardboard box and his imagination to create a race car, a pirate ship and a robot costume.

Following the read aloud, I brought a large shoebox to the table and children made predictions about what they thought was inside.  As I began to reveal the items, children instantly made connections to the book and were overflowing with ideas of what the materials could be used for.  We talked about what they were (can, blackberry box, cork, water bottle top) and about what material they were made from (metal, cardboard, plastic).  This will make sorting and labeling the bins easier next week!

Phoenix: My daddy has shoes from a box like that.

Waju: I wish Mrs.Hughes was here to see this special box.  She likes treasure boxes.

Autumn: This is a thing for eggs.  It’s a really special box.  It protects them.

Amal: The rabbit would like all the Beautiful Junk.  It would be like a beautiful present for him.

Trebor: We could use this junk to make a collage.

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Eli: You can use the materials to make a plan.

Mariyah: It’s a shoebox. I want to sit in it.

Elijah: It’s metal!  It clashes into metal and that’s what makes the sound.  It’s shiny and good to play with.  Did you know a magnet sticks to metal?

Waju: Beautiful Junk is if you’re at a scrap yard and you find junk and you think it’s good and you want to make something with it.

Isaac: Junk is like… dirty things.

Eden: This Beautiful Junk is amazing!

Ali: It’s so very yuck.

Jax: That’s a thing for babies (fabric)… like Pampers.

Luca: When I blew it (packaging peanuts), it flew all up in the air.  It flies up all by itself.  It mixes up and goes up and out.

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Amen: Maybe cats would like these (corks).  It looks like it came from a tree.

Elliott: That’s fabric for making a curtain.

Isabella: Beautiful Junk is what you use to make something cool.

Alden: That tube looks like a dough roller.

Elizabeth: It’s things for sauce (small cups) … like for ketchup.

Eva: It (corks) smell like candy and looks like a roly poly because it’s round.

Cameron: I saw so many junk in the hallway.

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After children were familiar with the materials, I invited them to openly explore and build with them in the sensory table.  Friends collaborated and enjoyed creating new objects together.

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Autumn: Let’s pretend the straw is like a magic wand.  Turn Ms.Cushner into a… frog!

Luca: Shiver me timbers… I’m a pirate!

Nazeer: I want to make a dump truck.  I need cardboard to do that.

Frances: Hey, that fabric is from my house.  Junk is ew… but if it’s Beautiful Junk, then it’s fancy!

Trebor: The straw is like a wand.  Abracadabra… turn my grandma into here!

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Mariyah: We love you, Beautiful Junk!

Naomi: Those are tops for wine, but you could use them to make a treehouse in the woods.

Kai: Ah! Stuff can fall out of the bottom of it (toilet paper tubes).

Belen: These look like cupcake cups.  I’ll make blueberry cupcakes.

Yuri: I’m a skeleton with tubes on my arms like the bones.

Frances: The ribbons are like dancing strings.

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Please continue to donate Beautiful Junk for us to build with throughout the year!