Cally asked the children what they thought birds do all day.
Here's what they had to say
Fortune: They hunt for worms!
Fionn: I think the mothers go out and go get some worms for the little baby birds.
Rowan T: Just sit on the ceiling.
Talya: Go on the ceiling.
Freya: Maybe birds talk on the phone all day!
The children were then given the opportunity to draw some of their ideas on paper or sculpt them with plasticine.
Fionn made a cave where bats can live.
“It's a cliff with a hole and a gun on top. But good creatures live here, not bad ones.”
Nikola made a beach for the birds.
“Me think the birds live on the water. Us heard the birds at the
January 22, 2013
Rowan T, James, Fortune, Nikola, Fionn, Fynn, Freya, and Milo
Gathered as a group, Lise and Cally revisited with the children our thoughts about the birds and why they are not coming to visit our feeders.
Fortune again thought we might be too loud and also thought that it is too cold.
Fionn shared his thought that maybe the birds are scared of us.
Rowan T. thought that maybe the birds need a drink, a drink that goes all around the world so the birds can come
Freya also thought that maybe we are too loud.
Lise reminded and revisited with the children their previous thoughts that the birds needed a road and that some children thought the birds would also like a tunnel.
Fortune said that she had a tunnel with a road inside of it. As she explained this she shaped her hands to create a V shape. She added that the tunnel would have food at the end and that it would keep them [the birds] warm for the winter
Freya: Maybe they want a little tiny house made out of wood to keep them warm for the winter.
Fionn: And we can put food inside it!
Fortune: And they need to have a drink. Because it's dry.
Road building for the birds in pairs
To gain a better insight into what the children wanted the road to look like I set up an activity for them to create roads using beans and lentils to represent different road building materials. I asked the children to work in pairs to give them the experience of working in a team. The paper was big enough for many possibilities, multiple roads if wanted.
Each pair worked parallel with each other. There was little to no conversation between the pairs, each child built their own road. Some of the children were more interested in playing with the glue than making a road which leads me to think they need more experience with using glue and beans/lentils.
February 26th, 2013
I asked an interested group of children to join me in thinking more deeply about the kind of road they wanted to build for the birds. Before we talked about the road the group started talking about making a bird house with bird food.
I asked them what they wanted on the house:
Wood - for nests
Mud - birds use mud for nests
Something soft - fur, wolf fur, chicken feathers and grass
String to lock up so bears don’t get in and little holes so the birds can get in and out
Don’t want them to get trapped and die
I asked them what kinds of roads we had:
I then asked them what they wanted to make their road out of:
Hard stone rock
These answers were so because the children began to really like the idea of protecting the birds from the bears and so needed strong building materials so the bears couldn’t break the roads. The children first drew their roads and then we found materials they could lay on their drawings to represent the roads. Instead the children became very excited about the bears and talked about traps and ways of catching the bears, the birds and roads were forgotten.
Ghosts are pushing the rocks. Bears are sleeping on the rocks. The boulders hit the Daddy bear, the Mommy bear, and the Baby bear and then they die.
The beans are bears. Rocks, big boulder. Food is poisonous. Poisonous for the bears.
Trap for the bears - the rocks
The earth is craking and the bears fall down into the crack.
Bears are surrounded by sharks