Microscope Mondays

For three years, Samantha has been cultivating preschoolers’ curiosity about the natural world with her Microscope Mondays curriculum. The process activates children’s awareness of the beauty of natural objects, both in the hand and under the lens. Samantha takes their discoveries one step further by encouraging students to document their own observations graphically. Here’s how they do it:

Step 1: Collect beautiful things.

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Step 2: Explore.

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Step 3: Create slide.

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Step 4: Describe while under microscope.

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Step 5: Draw what you see.

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(Repeat!)

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Testing Things OUT

Who better to explore your new space for excellence, engagement, and improvement than a squad of preschoolers?

Burlington Children’s Space preschoolers were invited to test pilot the ECHO Leahy Center‘s new preschool area to help make it just right for the public. Here’s a short film on their findings:

BCS and ECHO Testing Things Out

Raw material, mature material.

How do infants use paper as a raw material? They use it for play, for tactile experience, for making sound, for hiding, for hugging, for sharing, for large movements and small ones too.

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Infants enjoy exploring paper’s relationship to motion, to wind, and to other people.

The Burlington Children’s Space Infant Room has partnered with atelierista, Rebecca Mack, for a long-term paper arts residency exploring the ways infants use paper as a raw material. Our first work has focused on crumpling and creasing large sheets of white paper. Our process begins with a dry sheet of drawing paper and a lot of play.

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Our play process marks with paper with creases over time, turning something crisp, smooth and loud into something soft, supple and quiet. The paper becomes a familiar part of the classroom as it changes from being a raw material to being a mature material.

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