Impromptu After School Program
These great spring days in Dallas get people outside. The mosquitoes haven't taken over just yet so It's just too irresistible to sit inside. I pulled into my driveway yesterday afternoon to hear a cacophony of kids stop playing for a second to holler, "Janet!" and run over to tell me what they were doing. Since each of them have become such wonderful subjects for me to practice my photography, I asked my usual question these days, "You guys wanna take some more pictures??" I love that they eagerly nodded their heads and say, "Yes!"
I quickly unpacked the car and pulled out the camera. After soliciting some to be my models and some to be the assistants that held my different reflectors, I started in. Though they were super patient and accommodating, it didn't take long for them to become bored with the few minutes it took for me to set up each shot. One of the kids spotted my notebook and asked if he could draw a bike. The other kids were quick to want to join in. After retreating to my attic to see what I could find, I re-appeared with binders, paper, and pens for each of them. My driveway turned in to a mini-after school program with some filling their pages with ideas from their head and others asking for advice on what they should draw next. Using my Reggio Emilia experience, I thought to challenge a few to look back at their images, look back at what they were drawing, and to look closer for details they could add.
The kids stayed busy until the sun went down. So did I.
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