Thursday, February 11, 2016

Art Spinning

Spin art done with salad spinners is so much fun
and the children love to use them.

Moving the spinner down to the floor made it accessible 
to the younger artists.
 A picture of curiosity.

I found a see through spinner.
Very exciting to be able to see what happens to the paint
when we make it spin.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Build a Bridge for Billy Goats

 Extending on our Monet bridge building I introduced The Three Billy Goats Gruff story.

The story scene was set with brown for the area the goats had already eaten, green for the new pasture and a blue strip for the river.

The children were encouraged to build a bridge, for the goats to cross over the river, using a variety of blocks provided.

One of the hardest parts of my job is sitting back and watching
the children solve a problem.
 It's easy to step in and suggest ideas.
But allowing them to try a variety of ways, trial and error,
pondering why it won't work and what to do next
will guide them in future problem solving.
Many of the children did not know the story so either
they read it themselves, with a grown up, or heard it at story time.
Then some of them retold and acted out the story using the props.

 I'll have to remember to tell this story the next time we are at the creek with bridges.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Valentine Decoration

I've been giving more and more thought into how to include the families 
as co-facilitators in the program.
For example; instead of decorating the room myself, how can I work it into our day.
The following is one way that we did this week.
My part involved getting some branches and setting it up.
The families did the rest.
It is a fun activity that involved art, the holiday, fine motor skills
and having fun.
One parent commented on the parts to make this
and how I put it together.
I wonder if she'll make one at home.
Now it's the centre piece for our next activity.
This piece could be changed throughout the school year.
Stay tuned.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

What's Outside Our Window

On our last outdoor day the children were introduced to binoculars.
They were quite interested so I set them up on a table in front  
of our classroom window.
Each day I saw children looking out the window
and around the room,
trying to figure out how to use them.

They were encouraged to draw what they saw outside the window.



Our window looks out to our parking lot and I didn't think the children would see much 
other than cars and trucks.
But they noticed the trees and the roof tops across the street, the rain falling, 
a bird feeder, a flag pole and planes flying overhead.
Taking time to look will open our eyes.

Thursday, February 4, 2016


Last week we had a closer look at a painting by Monet.
Various activities were set up throughout the program,
throughout the week focusing on shapes, colour and bridges.
We started the week painting with blocks.
Feeling the shapes in our hands.
Creating pictures, building on each shape, mixing colours.

We experimented building bridges using materials from our block corner.
Next we explored the colour purple.
How can we make purple by mixing colours?
Using plastic wrap gave us a different feel for the paint
and allowed some children, whom do not like their fingers dirty,
to paint.

And finally we spent a morning drawing Monet's Waterloo Bridge 
using chalk pastels.

Our student artists.
And our parent artists.
Which artist shall we discover next?