This year we have been providing interesting things for the children to play with and observing their interests to see what would emerge. We have been discussing the interests to see what might make the most relevant project. Some of the questions we asked were "What directions might this go?" "What kind of experts could we talk to?" "What would our field work be like?"
This class has been interested in spiders outside as the children keep finding webs in and around the play equipment and bushes. They have talked about the webs and the spiders they've seen. My assistant and I discussed this but because our time with spiders outside is limited right now due to the season, we decided it might not be the best timing.
Our class is enthralled with sticks outside. Most children have one in their hands at some point during our outside time. So we talked about following their interest in sticks and all the possibilities that that held.
They LOVE our outdoor mud kitchen and cooking inside as well. We put items and play-dough to make a bakery in our dramatic play area including play-dough extruders that we thought they might use to make "frosting" and cake decorations. Well, this reminded them of pasta and they started making bowls of pasta to serve to each other.
Both my assistant and I have made pasta at home and have different tools used to make noodles of various kinds, so we brought them in and put them out for the children to explore. They have been fascinated and the predictions about the tools have been very interesting.
We also noticed that several children tend to eat pasta when they bring their lunches.
My assistant and I started brainstorming pasta vocabulary and expert ideas and directions this study could go. Tonight I emailed my class parents about this topic asking them for their ideas and connections. I also emailed a local pasta restaurant that specializes in home made pastas.
Next week we will begin with our memory drawing and then begin our wonderings with the children to see where this pasta study will take us.
Okay, I can't resist.....the "pasta"bilities are endless and delicious!
I would love to hear about how you are getting started with your first topic.