The inspiration for the Exibition was a visit last term to the excellent Box World exhibition which ran at the Geelong Wool Museum , here is a video that gives you an idea why the children were so excited. Listen to the maker of Box World Warren Thomas talk about the inspiration behind it.
Our preps and teachers loved it and the prep children wanted to make their own, so we gave over a number of weeks of our learning to it. The building of our world has taken a number of weeks and has involved lots of stages. Firstly we planned with the children what we would need to do and how we would do it. We then invited parents to come and help with the learning. We also used a wide range of technology with our prep children during the project. They firstly took photos of buildings in our local community using camera’s ,ipods and flip cameras. We then used google maps for planning the shapes of our buildings and measured where they would go onto our model. We used the photos and maps to make sure the building were painted the correct colour and we also added details such as roads, trees and signs. Our children then used their writing skills to add information to the displays and practised their oral language skills by recording extra information onto small recording devices (our Talking Tin Lids!) to make the exhibition interactive.
Please watch the making of Box World
The children then set up their own Exhibtion, designed an Invitation and made a slideshow to tell visitors how the Exhibition was created. We have had a huge interest in the exhibition with 409 visitors last week, the children are using numeracy skills to collect blocks for every visitor who comes and collecting feedback on the exhibition from visitors using a flip camera or with visitors pasting their comments onto a cardboard box!. We have had visits from the Geelong Advertiser who ran a feature in last week’s paper , parents and children from our school, the local Kinder, regional and network staff from other schools, our play groups and we also had an email from Warren Thomas, the maker of the original box world, who is interstate but we hope to skype with him. On Friday we had the educational officer from the National Wool Museum come to visit, which was wonderful for the students, as they were showing their Exhibition to the person who ran the Exhibition that they visited. The museum were really excited to see the impact their Exhibition had had on the learning of our children.
It was also wonderful to see the interaction and connection between all of the children in the school community, Kinder and even the secondary College, as other children had the opportunity to appreciate and reflect on something made by the preps, but about their own community. The comments left on the video camera and written on the boxes were wonderful.
Box world has even made it onto the TV. The prep children took it down to our local community centre as part of Children’s Week to be part of an Early Years Expo. Mr Ramage was interviewed for Channel 31 news, so Box World is now well and truly famous.
What a great example of how children can extend their learning through authentic learning experiences that are truly planned with children and allow them to have involvment, creativity and ownership in their learning.
Please enjoy our videos below:
The Box World Exhibition goes Global!
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