K. Building Imagination: The Castle, the Challenge, and the Secret Hideout

Parent Krista (mother of Riley) observed class yesterday and has generously shared her observations.

I was able to observe my daughter’s class this week and
found it fascinating. The kids were building a castle with blocks. I
watched them negotiate their thoughts about the construction
project…., “no, I think this round piece should go here in the
corner because it looks more like a castle that way”. I noticed that
the kids naturally broke into smaller groups of 2-4 to conquer a
section of the castle.
There was a side project going on in which the kids were trying to
fit different shapes together to match the shape of a rectangle. Some
really got into this and praised other kids when they thought of a
creative way to do it different. What a fun class! I see my daughter
learning team building skills and early geometry lessons all in one!

For another view, our castle-building in pictures.  I wasn’t able to get a good shot of everyone, but this will give an idea of the overall circus, with its three simultaneous rings.

 

First Ring: The Castle

Two boys worked together on the castle tower.

Two boys worked together on the castle tower.


The road leading away from the castle, begun spontaneously and continued for several feet.

The road leading away from the castle, begun spontaneously and continued for several feet.


Having a road naturally begat houses along the road.

Having a road naturally begat houses along the road.


Alone, Intently building an abstract wall for the castle. I took several photos, but she never noticed.

Intently building this abstract wall for the castle. I took several photos, but she never noticed.


Second Ring: The Challenge
We had a contest to see who could find shapes which together were equivalent to the unit block.  Here is one answer that no one else had found: eight small cubes.  There were a dozen answers in all.

We had a contest to see who could find shapes which together were equivalent to the unit block. Here is one answer that no one else had found: eight small cubes. There were a dozen answers in all.


(Sorry, bad shot): Searching among the blocks and finding several more solutions

(Sorry, bad shot): Searching among the blocks and finding several more solutions


Another answer to the challenge, the hardest of all to perceive, a regal solution!

Another answer to the challenge, the hardest of all to perceive, a regal solution


Third Ring: The Secret Hideout
Third

Nonchalant, relaxed, repeating for several minutes, “Oh, there’s nothing back here!” while his accomplice (whom you can’t see) builds the secret hideout behind.


After a while, the secret was too much to bear: away from the class, revealing  the secret hideout to a third trusted comrade.

After a while, the secret was too much to bear: away from the class, revealing the secret hideout to a third trusted comrade.


Epilogue:
Putting away the blocks.

Putting away the blocks.

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