return to each session and continue to work on the dragon, adding more
detail over the course of 3 months, finally announcing its completion in
January 2015. At about this time story we started sharing in singing
melodic and simple songs, alongside reading beautiful picture story
books that connected with the Dragon inquiry.
Jessica: Excitement was really building during this time so I brought In
Maryam’s dragon from music class and shared it with the students,
showing them how Maryam was using her new learning about dragons
to continue to develop her drawing. I read books about dragons that had
interesting artwork. I’d set out a variety of materials for them to work
with and invited them: “If you would like to make a dragon, feel free, here
are some resources for you.” Some students created dragons on the light
table with sand, some made dragons out of clay and some created dragon
sculptures using wire. Over a few months, more and more dragons were
added to the classes dragon gallery. In art class, we kept returning to this
gallery and reminding them of their work.
Maryam’s drawing created over 3 month time period was a catalyst
for the work of other children in the class.