Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Lesson from Slow Slime

This morning we made slime (the kind with borax) and coloured it purple.
I set out a tray of materials for the children to use with the slime.  Over the summer I collected silver containers for display. I like that they are different heights and sizes.
     But the lesson came when one child joined the table.
The boy on the left joined the table and proceeded to take the slime out of the container.  I suggested he pull it out with his fingers but he continued his way and this is what I discovered.
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I started taking pictures of him as he began to shake the container.  After I made my suggestion I was going to leave but something in his expression made me stick around and continue to take photos. 
Watching I thought he didn’t want to touch the slime but then I realized he was taking his time and exploring the slime in a different way then the other children. 
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He was patient and curious, noticing how the slime changed from a solid to a dripping form.  How, as he continued to hold the container upside down, the slime started to stretch and become thinner until it finally plopped on to the table.
From him, I learned to slow down and take my time.  I remembered this lesson shortly after as we were cleaning up.  Sometimes I can rush through activities and be careless but I slowed down and focused on each task rather than bustling through each one.  I felt much calmer after and ready to move into our next activity.