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Reflections Magazine : Reflections Issue 57 Summer 2014
16 The Weaving Project Rebecca Sabo Early Years Leader Docklands, Gowrie Victoria This story begins in the spring of 2013 when an idea generated by a group of confident and capable young children set off a chain of exciting learning opportunities. From one simple question - "What would you like to see in the outdoor play space?" came the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response of ..... "A giant web!" This conversation led to children interviewing peers and creating designs for the space and then, just by chance, we received an unexpected email that Telstra was offering grants for projects just like ours and that we could use this money to facilitate the strong interest the children had to create a web in our garden. We were in no doubt we had to apply for this grant! After a few short email enquiries from Denise Courtney (Telstra employee and Gowrie parent), an application was sent off. We kept our fingers crossed and in December 2013 we received the funds to extend on this idea with the children. Although many of the kindergarten children involved in the early discussions and planning for the project had continued on to school after the summer break, the educators reintroduced this idea to the current children.We had a discussion around what the grant would entail and then reflected on these discussions with the children.This led to more questions - What would be a suitable outdoor material to reflect a web? Would it be safe? Would it match with our philosophy? Could we make further community links? Would it be sustainable and would it reflect the views of the children? After seeking advice from managers and fellow educators we considered the concept of webbing through the implementation of art installations which could be used to complement the outdoor play space, and throughout other areas of the program.With a mixture of both excitement and anxiety we started to explore a range of weaving techniques with the children and set, as our ultimate goal, the purchase of a loom for the centre, so that this could become an ongoing webbing experience for years to come. An informal conversation, which took place in our staff planning and collaboration room with a co-worker, connected us with a weaving expert and local community
Issue 56 Spring 2014
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