Monday, February 22, 2010

Education Photography: Play as Work

. . . and Work as Play. . .

These photos reflect how I spent the morning at work. . . playing with children, puppets, music, set direction, storytelling, and drama. In "literature connection" classes with pre-K, Kindergarten, first, and second graders, we have been using different versions of The Bremen Town Musicians to stage our own puppet play that we hope to perform for the third through sixth grade students. In weeks past, we compared and contrasted three different versions and made mini sets and puppets. Today, we practiced using these mini puppets to rehearse our play and give each child an opportunity to re-tell the story. Each grade will have a different roll in the final production, and we will use this puppet-play/work as preparation for our field trip to see the Jim Henson's Fantastic World Exhibit at the Mississippi Museum of Art in March. We still have more scene decorations to create, larger puppets to make, and plans to stage a live band of our own Bremen Town musicians (a.k.a. first grade students).

Play as work and work as play made for a fulfilling day.

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1 comment:

Sarah Campbell said...

Fantastic! I love the puppet theaters on clothes pins. You come up with the best art integrations.