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Since we compared the butterfly anatomy to the human anatomy we noticed the children were talking about their hands. To nurture their conversation, we provided the children with markers and covered the table with a large white sheet of paper. We then encouraged the children study the palms of their hands. This was a challenge for the children because while we know the children may look at their hands often, we don’t know if the children have ever noticed the lines on our palms.
Thank you to all the families that brought in beets for the class exploration! We used them in a variety of ways throughout the past few weeks.
Using fresh fruit and vegetables in the classroom allows the children to become familiar with all of their characteristics. They become familiar with the names of the fruit/vegetable, they learn how to eat it, how to grow it, as well as concepts that support literacy and mathematics. It’s during this familiarization that picky eaters start expanding their palates and trying different foods.
Yesterday the children worked with Marjon and a new artist, Dandee Warhol, in the multimedia art class! In this particular project, the students were completing an observational, still life drawing of an orange using oil pastel. In order to complete the still life drawing, the children had to study and sketch the proportions, dimensions, values, perspective, light, and shadow. Often times, children can recognize an orange as a round and orange fruit, however in order to represent that orange on a piece of paper, they had to take into consideration what the orange looked like from where they were sitting (is the orange a perfect circle or an oval? Does one half of the orange look smaller than the other? Why is that?), the different shades of orange throughout the composition (is the orange peel lighter or darker than the fruit inside? How do you represent the inside of the orange peel, the ring around the fruit? Is that a lighter value of the color orange or a darker value of the color yellow?), and where the light and shadow was falling on the orange (is the shadow in a circle shape as well? How do you represent light?).
One day in class we started an Octopus project when we noticed the preschoolers were playing with a plastic octopus toy and play dough. Initially, we used images of an Octopus projected onto a wall to inspire writing, drawing, and counting, however the exploration didn’t stop there. We extended the project again by incorporating clay and loose parts to create representations of the Octopus, and soon thereafter we got the real thing! That’s right! We went to the grocery store and bought one large Octopus and 5 small Octopuses and placed them on the light table in the hallway for the children to study, touch, inspect, draw, and write down their observations.
Take a look at the photos below and pay special attention to the wonder and amazement in the children’s faces. It was an incredible experience for them to see the Octopus in person and have the opportunity to explore this unique creature openly.