A ‘making’ area in an early childhood program can offer rich opportunities for creative thinking, narrative, social development and collaborative construction of knowledge. It is often a hub of action and can be the stimulus to emergent curricula. With this new reality of school in a pandemic, what parts of children’s artistic experiences endure and what gets put on hold? How can we continue to offer opportunities to explore common materials and simple tools, while maintaining a culture of inspiration? This Zoom-based, hands-on workshop will offer participants to explore, manipulate and make with materials and tools with Robin Koo, Art Teacher at the Early Learning Center at Packer Collegiate. She will share strategies and suggestions for implementing a making curriculum for both remote and in-person learning, and discuss what type of approach and language supports collaboration and inspiration in the classroom. The workshop will conclude with ideas for incorporating LED bulbs and coin batteries as we approach the holidays and think about how to offer open-ended, materials-based opportunities for children to celebrate Hanukkah.
Bring some materials with you to the webinar:
- any kind of scrap paper from around the house/workplace: copy printouts, junk mail envelopes, old cards, calendars, colorful paper, maps, chart paper
- cardboard from cereal, snacks, pasta, crackers
- glue stick