Filling the baster from Thomas Bedard on Vimeo.
It is going to explode from Thomas Bedard on Vimeo.
Again, I was intrigued with where his ideas might have originated. I thought the pot full of bubbles looked like an explosion. When mom looked at it with her son, she wrote:
I sent a set of two pictures to a third mother. Her daughter had brought her dolly to school. At some point in the afternoon, she decided to wash her baby in the sensory table.
This is what mom wrote in response when I asked her why she thought L. was washing her baby. She wrote:
"We talked a bit about the day she brought her baby to school and she definitely remembered! She said she was washing her baby because she was really dirty. When I asked how she got so dirty she explained that she had been playing in the mud :).
After sharing the reflections with parents and getting their responses, I was reminded of something I read in a book this summer called: Dancing with Reggio Emilia: metaphors of quality, by Stefania Gamminuti. In the book, she relayed a conversation she had with one of the teachers at Reggio Emilia about what to tell the parents about a child's day in school. She turned it into a question: What image of the child does the parent wish to have? And from the teacher's perspective: What image of the child are you going to offer to the parent? (p. 95).
I think I offered these three parents an image of their children that was unique, positive and intriguing. I offered the images to see if they could give me more insight into the children's operations around the sensory table. What I got back were rich narratives that added to my understanding of their children. The children seemed to be taking their own unique experiences and combining them with the materials and setup to process those experiences and make new meaning from themselves.
I am glad I shared.
If you are going to the NAEYC national conference in Orlalndo in November, I am presenting on sand and water tables. The session is on Thursday morning from 8:00-9:30. Any readers of the blog who want to share stories or chat, I would love to find a time to meet. Please feel free to contact me through my email: firstname.lastname@example.org