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Designing a Butterfly Garden

Recently, some of our SK students, Jerry, Caden and Rafael, began to create a butterfly garden using recycled materials, rocks, glass pebbles, and artificial flowers.  Very early on in this process they retrieved the models of a butterfly, caterpillar, chrysalis and egg, and used these to begin to create an imaginary story.  Already on the light table was an iron butterfly creation.

A butterfly story emerges…

  • “There’s two butterflies. They are daddy butterflies.” (Rafael)
  • “No. One is the Mommy. The Mommy butterfly came back to see her son.” (Caden)
  • “OK.  Mine is really a birdie in a butterfly costume.” (Rafael)

Vow of (Silence)

On November 30th, young people around the world were ‘silent’ for 1 to 24 hours in solidarity with children who are being silenced by poverty and exploitation. The Vow of (Silence) is a Free The Children initiative that is meant to attract as much attention as possible to raise awareness and create real social change. Richland students, staff and Faculty took part in the campaign for a third consecutive year to ‘take a stand’ for children’s well-being worldwide and give a voice to the millions of children around the world whose basic rights have not been upheld.

What I Learned in Studio Today

Imagine an art room, filled with materials and tools.  An orderly ‘disorder’…there are just so many units and objects defining line, shape, color, form, motion, texture, pattern, direction, orientation, scale, angle, space and proportion!

Now imagine the room filled with young learners, 3 years of age, waiting patiently with art smocks on, seated, keenly following instructions, asked to “sit please” with hands folded in their laps, while the paint pallets, paint brushes and water cups in front of them,  beacon these tiny hands to get into the thick of it…but they do not.  The children are listening.

They are listening to the atelierista explain, a pumpkin, its stem and the vine it grows on.   The children are asked to remember the pumpkins they had begun to paint during their last Studio class.  Heads are nodding as the memory of their painting comes back to them.

Reggio: Observations from the Untrained Eye

With not a hint of knowledge about the Reggio Emilia philosophy, I began my journey at Richland Academy on September 13th as the newest member of this welcoming community. From the moment I set off, I instantaneously entered a world of discovery, reflection and amazement: Children communicating with or without words, teachers supporting critical and creative thinking, parents partaking in classroom activities, and signs of nature both inside and outside the classrooms. As the days go by, I am astounded at how congruent the philosophy embraced by the school is to the Chinese Proverb displayed in each classroom: ‘Tell me, and I may forget. Show me, and I might remember. Involve me, and I will understand.’