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Metaphorical Thinking in Children: Seen through Projections

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Metaphorical Thinking in Children:

Seen through Projections

by Loty Arteaga and Alden Fletcher, in collaboration with the KMS PreSchool Students

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In the ongoing study of the sky, Loty invited the children to observe projections of the sky in the Atelier.  Video and projections are an effective language for the children’s research.  The children were captivated with the images and created a special relationship with this new visual language, engaging in spontaneous dramatization.

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“It’s snowing there!” Navya exclaimed, when looking at the clouds. 

Navya started to “collect” the clouds in her hands and “ate” a handful.  She explained,  “I’m eating the sky.”  Other children followed her imaginative invitation.     

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The sky transformed to a colorful  sunset.  “Fire! Fire in the sky,”  Cecily exclaimed, pointing to the bright orange.

“Not fire,” reasoned Parker Simone.  Then Kiran pointed to the clouds, saying, “Look at that smoke… Fire clouds.” Torben shook his head, saying, “No, it’s not fire, it’s only the sunset.  It’s yellow and orange.” 

So Loty asked the children, “What is the sunset?” 

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Oona offered her idea, “When the sun goes down and the moon comes  up.”

Then Kiran made a beautiful compromise, combining the two descriptions, “It’s fire sunset!”

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Later, the video showed a fire pit on the beach. The children noticed and exclaimed, “Fire!” 

Lucas went up to the wall and touched it, removing his finger quickly as if burned.

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The next day, Ethan  observed, “The clouds are moving,  the wind is pushing the clouds.  Look!  The sun is burning the water.”

This was another interesting perspective, related to Kiran’s idea the day before. 

Loty noticed this and asked, “How can the sun do that?”

Ethan explained, “When the sun is almost down, it burns the water because the sun is hot.”

Screen Shot 2017-02-14 at 3.02.06 PMThrough the language of projections, the children are able to observe variations of sky in a controlled environment.  They see the colors, the clouds, the movement and the reflections more acutely.  They are also inclined to collaborate with the projections in a way that surprises the teachers, interacting with the environment they see in metaphorical ways. 

Wood Floats, Boats Float

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“It’s hard to make a bird boat.” –Lillian

 “You can use rubber band like me. Look it’s working!” -Peter 

Please click here to read about these amazing boat builders from inception to creation to testing in the “Ocean”! (PDF, 5 Pages)

Let’s Make an Ocean in the Sand!

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What happens when you follow the suggestions of Preschoolers? You wind up building an ocean in the Sand Area! Click here for a PDF (2 Pages) documenting this wonderful experience! 

Pattern Block Creations in Preschool

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Scout: “I don’t know what it is, but I love it!”

Please click here for documentation of the process behind these creations.

Movie-Making Magic

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Cortland: ” Look my shadow is different today because I have a reindeer shadow!”

Continuing on with the exploration into the parallax notions of light and dark, the Pumpkins used a morning session to produce and star in their own “movie” using their own shadows and the brilliant beam of the projector. Loty accompanied them in process and shares how the magic came about (click here!)

Exploring Light and Dark

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The children were excited by the introduction of new colored puzzles in Pumpkin Land.  Each wooden puzzle consists of one hue with varying tones of light and dark.  We noticed the children began talking about light and dark colors. 

“Dark means you can’t see anything, like black.” -Peter

“Day is light and night is dark.” -Daphne

Click here for more from the Preschool’s explorations of Light and Dark. 

“How does the orange turn from green to orange?”

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Alicia, Miriam, Colby, and Scout are using all five senses to explore green, growing things in our KMS garden. 

Click HERE for more information about our investigations in the KMS garden.

“What is going to live inside there?”

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The Pumpkins are reading parent suggestions from Back to School Night about what animal or insect should live in our tank. 

Click HERE to read more about how the preschool is researching to prepare for a new classroom pet.

When I was a baby…

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Ada: This is my mom.  I was inside her belly and I was kicking.

Click here to read more about the baby study in preschool.

“I can help the baby!”

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One of our Preschoolers, Theodore, saw baby Claudia starting to crawl up the stairs outside. He said, “I can help the baby!” and modeled for her how to crawl quickly up the stairs.

For more photos and tales from Peach outside time – please click here!