Friday, May 8, 2009
Have You Ever Done The Metal Insets Blindfolded?
"Miss Dyer, may I do that work next," asked one child and then another.
I wanted to re-present metal inset work to my four and five year olds. I find myself reminding them again and again not to add rainbows and flowers to their work. I wanted to add an extension to the work so as to draw them back to the work's original purpose. I decided that adding a blindfold to the lesson would work.
One morning last week, I invited the first child that arrived to join me at a chowki, or small table. I did the work first. The child gave me an odd look when I put a metal inset and frame on my table, along with a blindfold.
"Why did you get the blindfold?" the student asked.
"I am going to use it," I answered with a smile.
I placed a tissue over the blindfold and then put it on. I slowly moved the tip of my right pointer finger (I am left handed) to the interior edge of the frame. I then placed the tip of my pencil at that place. I carefully moved my pencil around the edge of the shape. I must admit that it was a very centering experience. It reminded me of doing the bell game.
Then the child did the work. I watched her place her finger at the interior edge and trace the absent inset's shape. It was such purposeful movement.
Moments after she completed her work, I heard a child ask, "Miss Dyer, may I do that work next?"
I heard that question over and over again for the next hour and a half. I was glad to hear it.
My youngest student did the work:
And my oldest: