Sunday, April 12, 2015

Tree of Life - inspired by Mr Klimt

This week we "met" Mr Klimt.

We learned that he liked to paint in a long smock and sandals (and not much else!).

He used a lot of gold in his paintings.

And we all love the feel of the curves and swirls in his Tree of Life.

My plan was to paint our versions of Tree of Life the same way we did a couple of years ago.

But that was then, and this is now.  And this year's class is not the same as the kids a couple of years ago.

And it is all good.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

celebrate - generous hearts and art appreciation

A poster of Mr Klimt's painting Tree of Life is on the white board.

The gold paint is on the counter.

The tables are scattered with the vibrant colors of oil pastels.

Vivaldi is playing in the background.

Twenty little artists are creating their own works of art.

Sharing colors.  Sharing ideas.

And then one voice above the rest  ...  Ms Sandi - can I walk around and admire everyone's work.

And he did.

This week I celebrate generous hearts and art appreciation.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Let's Make Rabbits - read and create

We had some rabbits visit our classroom. 
(The 2 week old rabbits were the definition of cuteness.)

It was time for a bunny book.

One of my favourites is an oldie and a goodie.

Let's Make Rabbits
written and illustrated by Leo Lionni
published by Pantheon Books (1982)

Sunday, March 15, 2015

story time - Storywalk® - outside

Being outside, reading a story, and a bit of running about.

Seems like a winning combination.

So we went on a StoryWalk®.

A StoryWalk® is just what it sounds like - a story and a walk.  As children walk down a path,  they come across the pages of a story book attached to boards on posts stuck in the ground or on trees or attached to something.  As you contine on  the walk, the story is read, page by page.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

numbers and counting - outside

We had such wonderful weather that we just couldn't stay inside.  So we didn't!

Time for a little numbers and counting practice - outside.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Dr Seuss: reading with our eyes open wide

What's that?
What did you say?
It's time to celebrate
Dr. Suess' birthday!?!

And celebrate we do!

By reading.  And reading.  And reading some more.

And loving every minute of it.

This year we are adding I Can Read with My Eyes Shut to our usual Dr Suess read alouds.

Friday, February 27, 2015

spring blossom transient art

Nothing says "Spring" quite like the first blossoms on the trees.

Whether you have Spring outside or not, you can make beautiful and ever-changing blossoms inside.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Quiltmaker's Gift

It is always the right time to read a book that is well written, has exquisite illustrations and an important message (that does not brow beat the reader). 

But February seems an especially perfect time to read it.  And then makes some hearts.

The Quiltmaker's Gift
author:  Jeff Brumbeau
illustrator: Gail de Marken
publisher: Scholastic (2001)
New York Times bestseller
Booksense Book of the Year 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Penguin and Pinecone - story retelling

One of my favourite friendship books is about a penguin and a pinecone.

It's a wonderful story about the love between friends.

Penguin and Pinecone
author and illustrator: Salina Yoon
publisher: Bloomsbury USA (2012)

Thursday, February 5, 2015

heart art - inspired by Jim Dine

My kindergarten kids were drawing hearts everywhere (that they weren't supposed to).

So I cut them a deal; they would cease and desist drawing hearts all over penguin projects, and we would do some cool heart art.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

outdoor decorating with hearts

100 hearts.

That's enough to bring some Valentine's fun to a neighbourhood roundabout.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

ice exploration

Friday morning was spent exploring ice.

I spent last week filling up ice cube trays.

I only have three trays - and obviously need to get more.  (I can hear my husband  say:  what, more crap to keep in the basement!)

Clear, blue, turquoise, magenta, purple ice cubes.  Until I  had just about a gazillion ice cubes.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

celebrate: art and kindergarten alumni

This week we have been painting faces like Mr. Picasso.

That is celebration enough in itself.

This year, our Picasso painting has an extra element worthy of celebration.

We had extra artist help four mornings last week.

Rachel helped the kids paint their faces,

choose where their eyes, mouths and ears would go,

and she helped the children draw their hair.

Rachel helped the kids find their inner artist - her passion for enjoying and creating art was contagious.

Rachel is one of my kindergarten kids from a few years ago.  This is how I remember her.

I am celebrating seeing Rachel, and so many of my other "kids" grow up and become wonderful adults.

big and small
personal and professional

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Monday, January 19, 2015

celebrate: floppy ears and a happy tail

This week's celebration is all about four feet and fur.

Please meet the newest member of our family - Mitsy.

Mitsy is a rescue dog from our local SPCA.

In her short time with our family we have learned that Misty
• loves cuddles and affection
• is wary of men, but will warm up given time and space
• was brave and played with other dogs at the dog park (after hiding in a corner for 20 minutes)
• is now a dog park fan
• tolerates going in the car, but does not like it
• loves forest walks
• is fascinated by running water

big and small
personal and professional

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