One of the many components of literacy development is Symbolic Development. This refers to a child’s ability to interpret, create and use symbols to represent feelings and ideas in a variety of ways such as pretend play, movement, music, and art and construction. It is through symbolic expression that a child’s imagination and abilities to communicate ideas and feelings flourish. It provides the child with the means for representing what they know about their world, as well as for thinking about imaginary and real-life situations. Our study of Lois Ehlert, a very beloved author and illustrator, is the perfect opportunity to develop symbolic development through art and construction. Lois Ehlert’s distinctive style usually begins with various different materials such as photographs, pieces of paper or fabric, and many kinds of loose parts. This collage style is her trademark.
Projects and explorations began to evolve…
An invitation to create...Winter…Loose parts
Winter Birds…Collage Style
The girls painted with ice cubes on the first day of school and explored with white and blue tempra paint to express what winter feels like to them. While sharing many Lois Ehlert books the girls noticed that she drew a variety of birds.
The past few days have been filled with:
Winter Processed Art: Tempera paint, glitter, and Borax
Loose Parts Provocation
Counting Penguins and putting sets of snowmen together
Having fun with pretend snow
Ms Prewitt and Ms Cowan
…” Within a structured and nurturing environment, Hutchison encourages each student to develop a lifelong joy of learning, to sharpen her intellectual curiosity, to cultivate artistic expression, and strive for physical well-being” …Hutchison philosophy