|Ila has great freedom at home to explore with all her senses and with all her bright spirit.|
At our school, we have the indoor and outdoor areas set up with provocations or explorations for the children. The children may choose wherever they would like to be and engage with whatever materials they choose. The teacher role is well defined to support play, social function and choice.
This particular day, in the classroom we had table easels for water color paintings. Ila came over and started her own work. She began with a red swoop:
After that, Ila began her full painting journey with a lot of BLACK painted here and there, just so, and one more spot right about there.
Ila had already added hand prints yet seemed inspired to add more. She was very thoughtful and detailed in her efforts as she painted finger by finger, then full palm back on the paper.
Ila worked on her painting for about 20 minutes as she went back and forth with color, hands, color, hands.
Sometimes we would chat together about what her hands were doing, how the paint felt when the brush stroked over her finger or how sometimes her hand print was light or dark on the paper.
When Ila completed her work, I asked her if she would like to tell anything about it, that maybe something was happening inside her painting. Ila dictated her story to bring her painting to life for everyone.
"THERE IS A MERMAID SWIMMING IN THE WATER AND A SHARK BIT HER ON THE LEG BUT SHE SURVIVED."
I am not sure I can say anything else.
Ila's work - her spirit of work - says it all.
When I wake up, I want to be just like her. [smile]
*Alexa and Ila's family are no longer at our school. Alexa gave me permission to use her and Ila's first names and to allow Ila's face in the photos.