Monday, November 11, 2013

Perspectives: Mirrors Learning Group

Perspectives: Mirrors Learning Group
Week of November 4, 2013

The children were very interested as I was setting up the mirror. When they started coming over to the mirror, only some of them seemed to notice it was above them. They were sort of hesitant when they began looking up into the mirror. Oscar said he couldn’t see his feet upon first looking up into the mirror (perhaps because he saw his face mostly in the mirror with his body under him), but then moved and said he could. Rami decided it would be a good idea to lie down on the ground and look into the mirror that way. Once he did, many of the children joined him. They moved their bodies and observed what happened as their reflections moved, too. They soon brought other objects (trucks, blocks, etc.) over to the mirror and pointed out how they could see those objects, too. The children seemed to notice how they had to move their bodies in different ways than we previously had when looking into mirrors.

While I was setting up the mirror, a few of the children noticed it bended a little and saw how it changed their reflections. The children have also been exploring with the new mirror material on the wall near the bathrooms, which also sort of acts like a fun house mirror. I would like to focus on this type of reflection mirrors can show us. Why do our reflections look so silly? What happens when we move, how do they change?

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