Daily Documentation from Tigerlily Preschool
March 8, 2023
Children begin working on a community collage. The center image comes from a beautifully designed bag of soil that Marie caught before it went to the landfill.
O: I love this!
T: Me next!
P, to M: Do you want one of these (long pieces of lace)? They’re beautiful.
Outside, P takes a tumble and gets a tiny scrape on his knee. He knows that in our First Aid kit there is a pink liquid cleaning soap for helping to get the dirt out, and I pretend that it’s potion sometimes. It can be any kind of potion a kid wants!
P (as I squeeze some potion onto a cotton ball): Thank you for helping me Lulu.
Lulu: Of course, that’s why I’m here!
Then, just making conversation as we get P fixed up –
What do you think my jobs are here at Tigerlily?
P, thinking: Well, you help with cleaning…and kids that are reading…
Then, after watching me put the bandaid on his knee, he says decisively: You help kids that are reading and bleeding. Heh! That rhymes!
Haha P, yes it does rhyme.
Word has definitely spread that some clay items aren’t getting balled back up as usual- but saved. P wants to make a snowman and rolls some balls, stacking them quickly.
S (moving to the chalkboard): Oh, I think I know about what you’ve done.
S thoughtfully sketches out a drawing of his friend’s work
Then he draws about his own work, comparing the two, and explaining about having added arms and eyeglasses to his.
S (noting the arms and eyeglasses): Here’s some things I also added to mine.
Back at the table, I encourage the children to think about working bigger- tiny tiny bits of clay will be tricky to attach securely (scoring joints will be a skill to add in, soon I think, but for now I’m so pleased with the big leap we have made into the concept of attaching pieces together, with intention)
P adds pieces to his snowman that make S think of wings.
P: It’s a bird-snowman.
Marie: What’s so great about clay is that you can use it to make pretty much anything you can think of.
L (happily rolling a fat coil): I am making a snake!
S: I’m going to make a duck. No one’s made a duck yet.
Marie: Oh fun! Before you get started, can I show you something that might be useful in your work?
I pull out the ballpoint pen I had in mind from yesterday, showing S how it can be a handy tool when you are working with clay and want to be able to, basically, draw on the clay.
Marie (making some tiny marks in my own bit of clay): It’s really good at adding details to your work.
P: What are details?
Marie: Hmmm. Details… are small things, so interesting to notice. Details show more about your idea. Adding details can make a good idea even better.
We admire how clearly the duck’s eye came out.
P: It looks a little bit like a snowman.
Marie (excited to highlight this use of variation on a known structure because…possibilities!): What I think we’ve figured out is that you can stack circle shapes to make different kinds of bodies.