Friday, November 15, 2013
Last week we moved our workbench to the art area.
The week started with a child who wanted to make a sign.
He sawed the wood into two pieces then hammered them together.
He painted it and as it was drying he worked at he easel with his mom
learning how to print the letters. I watched how they worked together to
sound out the word ‘stop’. Mom would paint a letter and he copied it.
But when he tried to paint STOP on his sign, he realized that the
wood was too small.
He made a larger one. By then other children were interested in what
he was doing and started to build.
All week I observed children learning how to use different tools;
saw, screw driver, hammers and glue gun. I watched as the grown ups
became comfortable letting their children explore these adult tools.
Moving the work bench in to the art area encouraged the children to
work their project from start to finish, making it a fuller experience.