When I was cleaning out the laundry this week I came across my very first digital camera; 10 years old, only 1.2MP, no zoom, just point and shoot. And it still worked! This would be Jack’s camera. I hoped he would enjoy using it but I had no idea how much he would love it. He’s pretty much had it attached to his wrist for the last three days! At first he was just randomly snapping but after a simple demonstration, he became much more focussed.
Jack loves taking pictures so much that I can really see this camera, this new language, becoming another way for him to express himself creatively; a way for him to represent his world. The Hundred Languages of Children is a pivotal part of the Reggio Emilia Approach. Each language or material (in this case, the camera)
‘…ha[s] the power to engage children’s minds, bodies and emotions. Their evocative power call the children into the processes of weaving what they have already experienced in the world with their new perceptions and sensibilities. In this way children continue to build and rebuild, through the materials, an ever-expanding awareness and understanding of the world and their place in it.’ ~ Louise Boyd Cadwell
So after a couple days taking pictures at home, Jack and I took our cameras with us on a bush walk. The wildflowers are in full bloom, the weather was beautifully warm, we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect afternoon.
I have been having a think about how we can incorporate Jack’s photos into his project work; his investigations. I have a few ideas. I think we should start small. He took a picture of these two flowers Sarah collected and we added them to the nature table. We looked through the photos when we got home and Jack recognised the flowers. Not much more beyond this though yet.
At the moment I just want him to get a feel for the camera. Once he is more comfortable with how it works, he’ll tell me what he wants to do next. So, I guess I just have to wait.
In the evening, before bed, Jack draws in his journal. He chooses what he wants to draw and on these two nights he drew himself taking pictures. I love that this is what he remembers most about his day. Today I bought him one of those digital photo frames so we can put his photos on display on his project shelf. I know he is going to really enjoy seeing his pictures up there. Yep, I think I am really going to love having my little photographer by my side.