Elementary Clay Stories

The students are working on creating scary stories in class. Our only requirement is that they incorporate variables like setting, characters, and conflict into their stories. We’ve asked the children to introduce and identify who their main character is in the story in order to deepen their understanding of story telling and the components of writing.

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As a way of reinforcing this knowledge, we encouraged the children to build their main character using clay to create a three-dimensional representation of their idea. Why is this important? In the Reggio Emilia approach, we believe in “the hundred languages of children,” meaning that there are several different ways a child can learn and represent their knowledge. So instead of simply reading or writing, we are encouraging children to write their own stories. Moreover, are encouraging the students to look outside of themselves and engage their creativity by creating completely separate characters, settings, and conflicts. Even more, we fostered the children’s creativity and imagination by making 3-dimensional clay representations to their main characters. Not only are they brainstorming, writing, and creating an environment for their story and main characters, but they’re also creating features, a face, and even hairstyles for them! It’s no secret that we emphasize that children use many different ways to show their understanding and express their thoughts and creativity. A hundred different ways of thinking, of discovering, and of learning can be achieved through drawing, dancing, movement, painting, pretend play, music, writing, and sculpting!

Once the clay pieces dry entirely, they will be fired and painted with glazes! 

We will continue to update this blog as the project continues! Stay tuned!

“So despite everything, it is permissible to think that creativity or rather learning and the wonder of learning can serve as the strong point of our work. It is thus our continuing hope that creativity will become a normal traveling companion in our children’s growth and development.”Loris Malaguzzi

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