The first week of school a few girls noticed that their shadow was following them. Their interest and curiosity sparked when we began investigating earth and space. They began making observations about the earth and sky and these abstract concepts started to become meaningful to the girls. I noticed they were making connections and engaging in conversation about the changes in weather and also began skipping to lunch to play with their shadow. We always encourage the girls to engage all of their senses when exploring and investigating. I believe our shadow play will continue throughout the year but wanted to give you a peek into their experiences.
Shadows are everywhere. Once you know they are there, you can find lots of them.
Some shadows are big. Some shadows are small. You can play a game with shadows. You can go on a shadow hunt. Can you guess whose shadow? Some days, it’s cloudy, and you can’t find your shadow. But soon the sun shines and your shadow is right by your side. Shadows make great sunny day friends. Stephen R. Swinburne
What do you think about your shadow?
Reflection: I enjoy listening to my girls especially on the way to lunch in which I hear bits and pieces of conversations about their shadows. I realize that their vocabulary is expanding and they are becoming observant about the world. I see the curiosity in their eyes…I think they are wondering how our world works and is connected to space and how the sun and moon come and go…why the weather changes…how can the sun shine in the summer when it’s hot and still shine in the winter when it is cold. I hope I am encouraging them to make connections with other experiences they’ve had and continue to build on what they already know.
Ms Prewitt and Ms Grinder
…” Within a structured and nurturing environment, Hutchison encourages each student to develop a lifelong joy of learning, to sharpen her intellectual curiosity, to cultivate artistic expression, and strive for physical well-being” …Hutchison philosophy