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6   COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL Chapter 1 •• •• •• •• •• •• •• It involves putting elements together into something larger. It requires observation and adjustment between the start and the finish. It requires negotiation, communication, and collaboration. It requires certain skills, knowledge, and capacities. It increases or improves certain skills, knowledge, and capacities. In can involve both work and play. It often results in some kind of culminating product or event that is cele- brated and/or displayed. Early childhood educators, by the nature of their close partnership with their students, are naturally attuned to projects. It is the day-to-day business of our work to get down on the floor or sit at child-sized tables and help children break their big ideas into steps, organize a plan of action, collect the necessary tools and materials, and move forward. If we are lucky, we are able to revisit the projects we create with our students over time and help them pursue their initiative to new ends. Photo 1.1 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL