Beach, vacation, swimming, friends, Six Flags, Disney World, traveling, sunshine, camp, no school. When brainstorming our theme on Monday these were some of the responses. Once up on their feet, the children created frozen and moving images of the beach. This developed into a story. I will not reveal the story yet because I don't want to spoil Friday's sharing. I will say this...imaginations are running wild! It has been really interesting working with two groups this week. We have children in K/1st in one group and 2nd through 4th in another group. Quite naturally both groups have blended together seamlessly and are working collaboratively to create one performance piece. It is a very passionate group with lots of creative energy. Ellen and I have been working with them to create an ensemble. They are learning how to listen and share. They are being supportive and learning to understand each other in rehearsals and in free play.
Each week it is amazing to see the group coming together. Wednesday is usually a magical day. Things start to happen. Trust builds. Friendships form. Disagreements occur too. People reveal emotion more freely. Excitement about the sharing begins to brew. That magic happened today. It culminated in a tie dye and sprinkler extravaganza in the park. Can't wait for tomorrow!