Thursday, July 2, 2015

Reggio inspired alphabet lines

I have been thinking about changing my alphabet frieze in the classroom for a couple of weeks.

Then numbers 1 - 6 fell down.

And that settled it!

The alphabet had to go.

Time for something new.  Time for something less manufactured and more organic.

I went looking for inspiration.

photographs of clay letters from The Simplicity of Learning

child-parent participation alphabet project made with found parts 

photos of kid created letters from TeachingOnTheVerge

student drawn, cut out and glittered up letters from School 33 Reggio Emilia Atelerista Blog

co-constructed beautiful stuff alphabet from TransformEd

beautiful sewn letters (upper and lower case) available from Crunch Farm Baby

kid painted backgrounds for each letter for a word wall from crayons, wands and building blocks

 Fairy Dust Teaching shared some Reggio inspired alphabets found at Rosa Parks PreSchool.

So many ideas burbling in my brain ...

What do you think will work?

What is do-able?

Thank goodness we are only on day 4 of summer holidays!

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

trees like Emily Carr

Emily Carr (1871 - 1945) is a well known West Coast artist.  She is known for her paintings of First Nations villages, and the tall majestic trees that grow here on the Pacific coast.

We also love the forest, and we were inspired to paint trees like Emily Carr.

Monday, May 18, 2015

learning how to tie knots

My student teacher is a cub leader.

Her cub pack just won a knot tying challenge.

I figured we should put her knot tying teaching abilities to good use in kindergarten.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

insect sensory bin

Insects have captured our imaginations.

We have had numerous snails, spiders, and wood bugs visit our classroom in various containers.

Since the kids seem to have a need to play with bugs, it was time for an insect sensory bin.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

pumpkin seed measuring

We are in the middle of planting seeds and growing thing.

And my student teacher, Miss Jane, decides that seeds are not just for planting - they are for measuring.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

eggshell Lorax planter

It is always a good day to remember to take care of the earth.  

Dr. Seuss' book The Lorax reminds us of the importance of protecting the trees and keeping the air and water clean and safe for living things.

Read the book, and make an eggshell Lorax planter.

what do you need?
small yellow pompoms
small googly eyes
yellow yarn moustaches 
(I made them out of pre-cut rug hooking yarn)

I put craft glue on the eggshell for the kids, and they transformed an eggshell into the Lorax.


They look pretty good with everything glued on.

The Lorax reminds us of the importance of taking care of the earth.

One way we can take care of the earth is to take care of plants. (And we think the Lorax would look pretty spiffy with green hair!)

Fill the eggshell with potting soil.

Add seeds (we used grass seeds).

Put the Loraxes on the windowsill, water and wait for the them to sprout green hair!

click on the graphics to see other rubber boot and elf shoe Lorax activities

Remember,  unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot ...

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Tap the Magic Tree - read, retell and create

Trees are pretty amazing organisms.

They start from a tiny seed. Some grow into majestic edifices.

They create energy from sunshine.

They are self perpetuating.  Doing what they can to ensure the survival of their species.

And they give us oxygen.

Most impressive.  And important.

We were chatting about the importance of trees as part of our Earth Day lets-take-care-of-the-earth learning.

One of the books that we visited was Tap the Magic Tree.  A wonderful, interactive book - read our [book report].

Tap the Magic Tree
written and illustrated by Christie Matheson
published by Greenwillow Books (August 2013)

A book that is perfect for interactive retelling.

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.


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