At girotondo we do not follow a prescribed program but together with the children conceive projects based on their interests and imagination.
Once a project is decided among a small group of children and educators, the latter will start planning how to best carry out the project, which challenges could arise and which other topics could be included. At this stage the Atelierista usually steps in, advising on materials and languages which would best express the project's multiple aspects.
Projects could carry on for weeks or months and could lead to new propjects or variations of the same, based on children's discoveries and new interests arising from the ongoing projects.
We went to Kew gardens...
...and saw Alice in wonderland!
we caught some butterflies!
Our children have been interested in small creatures lately; we have been looking at snails, ladybirds and we also found a caterpillar on one of our outings, which is now temporarily living with us at girotondo preschool!
the children have been checking on the caterpillar changes and in the wait for them to become butterflies they went out to the park to try and catch some butterflies!
A. was very attentive and tried very hard....
our children were very successful and came back with 4 butterflies (again only temporarily held !!)
the children then decided to build a house for the butterflies and they started sketching shapes and materials
In the "Gruffalo" forest (the little woods in Southfield recreational grounds), we found our square base using string to secure it!.
We worked together as part of a team, learning from one another and sharing skills.
to be continued....
we went to the theatre!
this week our outing has been to the theatre to watch 'the scarecrow wedding'.
it was an amazing show and the children enjoyed it very much! After that, we took advantage of the hot weather and went for a picnic at Green Park!
Make sure you don't get eaten by crocodiles!
Young children are extraordinarily perceptive and generative.
Experience and thinking meld as they make sense of and develop possibilities in
the world they inhabit (Duckett & Drummond, 2009). Educators working at
Girotondo are thus bathed in the projects of creative practise – practice which
fosters creativity, and provide creative learning opportunities for our
This project begins when one morning, child A, aged three is
observed walking on the planks and says to herself, ‘Ah, careful not to fall
into the river or else I will be eaten by a crocodile!’
Every effort is then made to support this; and a project
which no one know where it is going to lead us to has begun!
Where does a crocodile come from?
The educator encourages the child to gather the materials
that they need to make the crocodile.
Thing Thing : What
do we need to make a crocodile?
Child A :
How about some paper? We can paint on them.
Thing Thing :
That’s sound like a plan!
Mummy crocodile’s tail is swollen
An educator was helping Child A to sketch a crocodile on a
piece of paper. The crocodile has lots of sharp teeth and two big eyes.
Thing Thing : Ops,
this crocodile is so big, I don’t think I can fit her tail on this paper.
Child A :
It’s ok, this is a mummy crocodile. Her tail was eaten by Solomon.
Thing Thing : Who
Child A :
He is the meanest and the biggest crocodile!
Thing Thing : And
he ate mummy crocodile’s tail?
Child A :
Yes. You know when the baby crocodile was still in the egg, and Solomon
tried to steal the egg. Grown-up job is to
protect the baby and that’s why
mummy crocodile and Solomon were fighting.
Thing Thing : Wow,
what happened next?
Child A :
The next thing is, mummy crocodile’s tail is swollen. Can you fix her,
Thing Thing : Well,
I am not a vet.
Child A : I
know, but you can pretend!
The best pedagogy emerges from close observation.
To be continued …
A little city with train tracks
A. and A. were building a city using a mix of constructions and other materials. A. wanted to add the train to the city so Thing Thing took out the tracks tale and guided by the children started to stick it to the table.
Once the train tracks were in place, the city just started to shape up around it. it had buildings, a river running through it and even a waterfall!
A. also added a magic pond!
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