It’s funny how good ideas come about. I was speaking to my colleagues about how the Y2 children like to share random objects, that they found on the field, with me. I said something along the lines of, “Its cute but what do I do with it all!”
Ms Fox suggested I start a class museum. I was sceptical, but thought i’d give it a try.
We discussed the idea as a class and thought about what how objects are presented in museums. We decided that each exhibit should be named, should include the date found, the name of the collector, the place it was found and a brief description. We also discussed what our museum should be called. The name we settled on was a combination of three of the children’s suggestions.
I set to work and made sure that the museum was ready to launch the next day. We agreed that time would be given directly after lunch to either write out a museum card or read. If i’m being really honest, I thought (hoped?) that by introducing the extra hurdle of writing about these ‘found’ objects, I wouldn’t get as many!
How wrong I was. I’ve never seen so many objects brought in after lunch! About two thirds of the class came in with their object (mainly stones!), grabbed an exhibit card and sat and wrote. Not because they had been asked to, because they wanted to. Not only that, they measured, described, examined and discussed. Amazing.
Now we have a structure in place for the children to share those things that they value and a purposeful vehicle for learning. We can take this to so many places. I’m excited. We’re excited!