In the fall, we noticed that many of the children were interested
in constructing things. They built tracks, trucks, and castles,
to name a few. With the demolition of Oneida Hall and the preparation
for the building of the new Science Center -- right in our own
back yard -- the Construction Project was born
We felt that the Construction Project offered us numerous opportunities
to meet our goals and objectives (see Standards). The children
told us what they wanted to know about construction and we webbed
possibilities. We read many books about construction.
As the children continued to build inside and out, we began to
observe and draw the construction on campus. We observed and drew
Oneida Hall and then watched as it was demolished. The children
built the new Science Center from blocks. They made a sign for
it and used stethoscopes to listen for termites. We experimented
with building high and making steps to the top of the pole.
Keith built us a light table and workbench, which added a new
dimension to our constructions. We tried building on a mirror
and observed the reflection of what we made.
As a culmination activity, we plan to build a loft for our Center.
The children have been generating ideas about how it should be
built. A parent is designing it. The children, their families,
and the community will contribute to the materials and to the actual building.
We are very excited about this broad-reaching phase of our construction