Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tuesday 4pm Spanish Language Infusion Wonder Studio Class

The Wonder Studio
Hosted by and Located at Shorecrest Preparatory School
Parent (Caregiver) + Child classes Led by New Teacher: Virginia
For ages: 18 mos. and UP!

Wonder Studio has a New Teacher and a New Class Day/Time!!

Tuesday Afternoon 4pm – 5pm…with Spanish Language Infused throughout the class!!
8 weeks of fun beginning March 7th - May 2nd

​The Wind Tunnel, Ladybugs, Printmaking, Sand Pie Kitchen, Light Table, Water Lab…all this and more in your 8 weeks of Wonder!
This class is available for both New and Current Wonder Studio Clients. Please consider adding a 2nd day of Wonder if Tuesday 4pm works for your schedule!
Experiences will include various types of “arts” media including: clay, paint, color mixing, collage, construction, light/shadow, etc…  This class emphasizes art that is child led and child produced.
Investigations will explore concepts of:  “How Can I Make it Move?  How Can I Make it Change?  And How Does it Fit, or how do I Fit?” Experiences include:  animal/insect observations and interactions, water discovery, and other investigations designed to teach understanding and appreciation for the natural world.  
          The Wonder Studio offers experiences that are multi-sensory, “messy”, and open-ended.  Each class includes a circle time with stories, songs. 

Cost:  $200 for one 8 week session  (All materials and supplies provided)

Week 1
March 7
Week 2
March 14
March 21
Week 3
March 28
Week 4
April 4
Week 5
April 11
Week 6
April 18
Week 7
April 25
Week 8
May 2

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Planting seeds. Week 3 and 4...Spring Wonder Studio

 Are we willing to let our children make mistakes?

Really. Are we?

 Yesterday, at the Water table...we had a moment where 2 toddlers were standing side by side. 
The mothers were close by but not hovering.
One toddler (let's call him Jackson) tried to take another's (let's call her Susan) squirt bottle. 
I was standing right there between the 2 kids.
 Susan yelled pretty loudly something along the lines of, "NOOOOOOO!". 
Jackson stopped in his tracks and just stared at her. He looked like he was about to burst into tears. 
I narrated the situation.
"Susan says, NO, she doesn't want you to take her squirt bottle."

Then, I pointed out Jackson's face to Susan.

Susan was already looking closely at his face. Taking it all in. 

To me, she appeared that she was a bit surprised at herself in yelling so loudly at Jackson.
She could see that he was on the verge of tears.

 Because, Jackson does not use a lot of language at Wonder Studio, he stood there silently, but WOW did his face convey A LOT.

I said, "Jackson likes your bottle Susan. Is there a way we can help Jackson?"

My goal was to stay calm but to narrate the experience aloud for the children. Often, toddlers have a hard time seeing the other child's perspective.
 I really did not feel that Susan should or should NOT give the bottle to Jackson. I was interested to see what she thought or if she might find another bottle to give him, or even if she might just completely ignore him.
 After a few seconds, Susan handed him the squirt bottle. He was hesitant to take it but finally did.

There was real learning in this situation.

There was dialogue.

There was heartbreak.

There was regret.

There was perspective taking.

 I don't want to undermine the importance of an unbiased adult in this situation.
With toddlers, it's helpful to be close by. 
It's helpful to have a "Translator" for the children.
 But, what is key here...is the lack of judgement.

I really didn't have any. That's what allows the children to make mistakes and learn from them.
Can we create a space where children are safe to make these kinds of mistakes?
I notice that adults are much more comfortable with kids making mistakes in regards to non-social issues.
If you drop your paint brush, pick it up.
If you mix up the paints, that's ok.
If your block building falls down, build it up again.

However, if your child grabs another's toy or doesn't share...
All the sudden, we judge our child to be a bully.

If our child lets another child take their toy, they somehow are weak.
Can we give our children the same grace as when their block building falls down due to a weak base...when they make the mistake of not sharing?
Every time, we step in and solve these social problems for our children, we are robbing from them the opportunity to learn important life skills.
A big part of that is learning it's ok to make mistakes.

We learn to forgive ourselves.

We learn how to make it up to another person.

Living with feelings of disappointment is LIFE. 
While sometimes, the children will work it out during the class.

Often, they won't. 
They go home and it festers for a while.

They might talk with you about it at bedtime.

"I was really upset when Susan yelled at me."

And, then we have an opportunity to reflect on the situation with our child. 

The next week they come to class with a renewed sense of empowerment and understanding. 

We are planting the seeds.

When we let go of judging our children...when we let go that when our children make mistakes, it's not OUR fault.

When we let go of our negative view on making mistakes...

We begin to let in GROWTH.
It's not enough to just plant the seeds...we must give them the time and conditions...to grow roots and leaves... and, eventually a Flower emerges.