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Greetings and welcome to my page. My name is Rebbecca, I am a mom of two and a preschool teacher in southwestern Virginia. I have had the blessing of working in a Reggio Emilia inspired center for nearly 10 years, with the Greenies (my students) for 7 of the last 10 years. Our emergent curriculum and play based learning approach has changed the way I think about working with children. I am looking forward to sharing my inspirations, reflections and stories with you. So glad you're here!

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Making Colors

If there is anything more magical than mixing colors on a light table I have yet to hear of it! I set up this experience the other afternoon and immediately had a herd of Greenies eager to work with the materials. By late afternoon I found myself with a core group- mixing and marveling away!

The set up: three jars of colored water- red, blue and yellow. Recycled trays with wells in them. Pipets, two for each color. Lots of paper towels on standby.

You can how this small group space is a perfect opportunity for conversations and practicing our manners! 

Abigail tells us, "I'm mixing colors, I don't have green." Elise shares her knowledge of color mixing, "you need blue and yellow." Abigail takes her advice and adds blue, yellow... and red. "Oh! I made a mud puddle!"

 Clara is one of my friends who always has a very intentional and unique way of using the materials. Here she explores technique as she sucks up color in her pipet, tips it up so the color drains into the bulb, then tips it over and dispense color into her wells. It obviously takes a long  time to fill a well but Clara is patient and determined as she works, taking her time and enjoying the experience.

Another child seems to have created a study in green! It reminds me of a beautiful mosaic and makes me think of maybe creating a provocation of color shades..... I feel a trip to Lowes and their paint sample aisle coming on!

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