The children showed an interest in digging,
so we provided them with different opportunities to develop that interest…
As they dug in different environments / soils
(mainly at the beach and in the forest) the children started to notice that different things were under the soil:
“It’s wet, I’ve found wet sand”,A.
“There are shells and baby shells”,M.
In the forest ,
I. digs a hole and as he looks at it notices:
G. discovered, (near a carrot field where
the farmers where harvesting) a plant with the roots out:
“It’s beautiful” , G.
she decided to keep it to look at it later.
In the little atelier
We observed what we could see in the soil…
|“It’s really dark inside”, E.|
Clay was made available, so children
could express their thoughts and ideas
through it, if they felt the need to.
|“These are lines and little
holes in the ground”, L.
|“This is a small soil, like this “M.
(M. shows how he uses the hammer
to flatten the clay into a very thin
|“Yeah, I have this in my garden too!” , C.|
|“It’s a flower, I made a flower” M.
M. uses a piece yarn
on the surface of the clay to create a design.
“The rest (M. whispers) I don’t want to tell you”
|“This is a worm trail(on the ground)
He went this way
and then this way”, E.
L. takes some dry roots,
observes them closely , then
starts to copy the lines he sees,
on the clay, using a thin tool (toothpick)
|“The roots grow, then we can eat it
when it’s red” (T. Explains)
“I will do the roots”, T.
C. observes her marks on the clay
with the magnifying glass
” … then I am cutting it so the worms
can come out (of the soil). Yeah, the worms need air, so I’m cutting this” C.
|“Big, middle, small”, N.
says while he organizes the shapes he
made with the dough
“…And holes, that are mine”,N.
|“This … it’s inside and this and this,
they are all inside the ground”C.
Although we can’t see it C. carefully
|“I need a light to see inside the holes,
it’s really really dark”, M.
Outdoors, the children are taking
time to look under their feet…
Under the leaves the children found a little animal
|“Look, he’s not sleeping, he’s moving”, N.|
|But (for the children’s surprise) he turned into a ball…