‘Your child represents his learning by making, and he learns while making. He not only makes two- and three-dimensional artworks, but he creates experiences… He makes and creates not only to demonstrate what he knows, but to explore ideas and concepts – the process of creating a representation is a learning experience in and of itself.’
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When we linger a little longer and delve a little deeper even very young children are capable of exploring and understanding quite complex concepts. An interest in trucks can become a deep interest in engines or how roads are built; an interest in rockets can become a deep interest in astronomy or how materials combust; an interest in dance can become a deep interest in different cultures or costume design.
I don’t often write about what we do in each of our project sessions. Mostly because a project is slow. It’s small investigations, it’s questions and wonderings. It’s a page read from this book, a snippet watched from that video. It’s materials gathered over time, but over time it comes together; the learning gets a little deeper. New questions reveal themselves, we continue to explore, we read and draw, sculpt and construct. We go round in circles, a little forward and a little back, we take a huge tangent over that way and double back over here; all connected.
Jack is still deeply interested in electricity. He was so excited to take a trip to a local substation last week and has been busily constructing his own substations using the clay and wire power lines he made, blocks and an electronics kit we picked up for him from Jaycar.
Jack though really wanted to create a working substation. He tinkered with his electronics; placing pieces here and there, building wooden block fences and writing ‘djah’ danger signs, just like we saw on our field trip. He also drew many many plans of different substations.
And here’s one of his substations. He was so excited when after several attempts he remembered how to connect the light to the battery pack, lighting up the Magna-Tiles house. I wish I could show you the look on his face. Such pride in his creation. He’s talking about building more houses and more power lines; a little town. I think we are going to need more battery packs.