The Golden Eagles are a class of storytellers, as demonstrated by their work on the Candy Town/Spiky Room project, et cetera. They are also expressing a long-term interest in crafting with natural materials, such as last week’s nests made of sticks, leaves, and clay. I have been watching patiently for a moment where these two threads would tie in together; today I got my chance.
This morning, Ms. Gina brought in sticks with the intention of creating Holiday-season-themed decorations with the students. As expected, the students took this work in an unexpected direction.
The sticks were decorated with tinsel, plastic flowers, strings, and more, then became objects of storytelling and dramatic play. For instance, Eli’s stick “destroys werewolves, because of the silver!” He explained, “They come late at night and try to take the silver, but it hurts them--they can’t see!”
Riley’s “magic flower” was “for Pinky-Silly--that’s her silly name--Princess Barbie Rockstar makes her invisible! And her clothes were still there! Hahahaha!” She went on, “That becomes invisible, but not the petals.” Also, “When she’s invisible, Pinky-Silly just tricks people and sneaks around!”
Sonya’s creation was “really magical. It makes people invisible and kills Eli--only for pretend. I’m invisible while I kill Eli.” Zoe became “a grownup wolf” on Camerina’s “leash”. Louis’ stick had “magic in it. You pull this string and then there comes shooting out magic. First you need to breathe in air. Here!” He handed me the stick to try blowing air on it. Ananya was blowing air into her “magic” as well, explaining with a stern face that this was “for bad guys!” Lastly, Rayden’s stick had “fire”. The red and silver strings wrapping up the length of the stick were apparently the “pumpers” for the fire.
The students’ dramatic play with the sticks pointed toward the use of “fire” and other types of “magic” to hide; becoming or making things invisible; taming, “killing”, or “destroying” wolves; or otherwise playing into a world of magic, “bad guys”, and heroes. It was certainly a broad, open-ended experience, but the common threads of storytelling and crafting were clearly there.
In just a few days’ time, we will be going on holiday for the rest of the calendar year. It will be interesting (to say the least) to start up again in January and see where the Golden Eagles take their storytelling and craft work.
One general direction for the Golden Eagles’ work could involve the recording of their stories. Many of our Eagles will be moving on to Kindergarten in 2014--to help elevate their natural abilities, I would like to help the class in the creation of story books which build on themes like Candy Town, the Spiky Room, eagles, falcons, nests, and magic sticks. These books could live in the Candy Town library and chronicle the cooperative adventures of a fantastically creative group of storytellers.
I hope you all have a magical vacation,