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Materials Matter
April 15, 2019
The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.
-Ashley Montagu
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"Who would have thought that exchanges between four-year-olds and simple plastic cups would result in such intricate, creative building designs?" ask Bridgette Towle and Angela Heape, authors of the book, Cup. The authors describe how the project helped them think more deeply about the importance of the materials that early childhood educators make available for children to explore. In their words:

"The 'cup craze' was affecting us as much as the children. As we listened, observed, and participated in the unfolding events, our sensitivity to the force of materials as agents in the children's creative learning processes was being activated and enlivened...we offered them additional materials and objects to experiment with, including fabrics, numbers and loose parts such as sticks and cardboard tubes...We thought carefully about how we could provoke new threads of thinking and creative possibilities."





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"The story of the children, the educators, the families, and the cups embodies the conviction that education both requires and nurtures imagination, determination, vision, humility, experimentation, relationship, and listening. Bridgette, Angela, the children, and their families demonstrate the generosity, playfulness, and intellectual vitality of a community anchored by these qualities—a community alive with small acts of magic." – Ann Pelo and Margie Carter

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