The girls began a discovery of faces several weeks ago with our exploration of feelings and faces They are all fascinated with the images seen in the mirror whether it’s silly, serious, or created with clay or mirrors. Our girls continue to explore who they are in relation to others and deepen an understanding of the differences among people so they can then begin to appreciate their own unique characteristics. Examining different features on their own faces and comparing them to friends has allowed them the opportunity to build knowledge about others. The girls enjoy exploring art through different media and they are in the process of capturing their images through pen and water colors, and “A Half-self-portrait. This investigation of faces opens a new portal where they can begin to dig deeper and ponder the likes and differences among themselves.
Pen and water color images
Look at those eyes!!-Eloise
Funny play-dough faces
Exploration of symmetry before creating Half Self-Portraits
One side represents reality and the other side… imagination and creativity. Put them together and you have a whole little girl who is so genuine and unique!!
Feelings are powerful emotions…We have had many conversations about different feelings and continue to share many books that encourage our girls to embrace all kinds of feelings they may have. We began our exploration on identifying emotions by using a mirror to draw dramatic self-portraits. When our girls enter our room….how they feel is “written all over their face”. Observing these expressions and acting on how to react to the way a person feels is an important milestone for our girls. They begin to recognize how people feel and are learning how to react and at times give comfort to friends and family… good practice for all of us. We pulled out our mirrors...The girls identified emotions and created pictures of how they feel.
Friendships and Feelings seem to go hand and hand. We provide and help our girls develop good friendship skills by encouraging them to express feelings by using their words…sharing and taking turns…learning the rules of conversation…being understanding to another friends idea…and the list goes on and on. These skills are building blocks for understanding the importance of positive relationships.
What I learned from my friend... Portraits of friends
Last week the girls continued to explore, create, and enjoy the colorful world of Lois Ehlert. This study has given the girls a deeper connection to her and the magical books she creates. The girls became absorbed in this study and were inspired to create collage style art and become authors and illustrators as well.
The girls used pattern blocks to create animals
Next they created their own animals using a variety of materials
Then the girls created their own book. Many of the girls used rhyming words !!
We left the collage materials out for the girls to continue experimenting with various materials.
The girls painted rainbows and created rainbow sculptures from clay, pipe cleaners, beads, and wire after listening to Planting a Rainbow and Eating the Alphabet.
Reflection: Lois Ehlert is an amazing magical author and illustrator loved by children and adults as well. The girls began to understand story events, themes and conversations on a different level. They began to relate the stories she told to their own experiences which make amazing connections to the world of Lois Ehlert.
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
We wanted to emphasize to our girls the true meaning of the season by giving to others and sharing their time and talent… also to be thankful for all they have in their lives such as…friends, family, shelter, food, and love. The girls have experienced delightful joy by creating a few things which definitely put a smile on many faces… Giving to the birds was just the beginning….
Making necklaces for our friends...
Making cookies for our friends who help us at lunch...
Writing happy notes to our friends...You are my special friend because...
To all of you....Hope, Peace and Joy in the New Year
Many familiar stories that are told over and over again are treasures… and Gingerbread Stories have been told and retold many times with a different twist. From old versions to new... the Gingerbread Boy is timeless and for many a tasty treat!!
Our stomachs were growling after reading so many books about Gingerbread so today we decided to make cookies.
The cookies smelled sooo good as we were going to the kitchen to see if they were ready and….Oh my goodness they were GONE!!!
You’ve found us at last and now you know it’s true. Gingerbread cookies can play hide and seek too!!
The girls had great fun joining Mrs. Erickson's Class for this scavenger hunt. They asked everyone along the way if they had seen our cookies!!! What a great day!! You all may want to make some of your own but be careful...they can be very clever!!
Teaching our girls the importance of social awareness and giving back to the community is important to ensure they grow to be empathetic, compassionate and caring. Volunteering and actively working to help others offers the perfect way to help instill this lesson while making a difference in our community and the world beyond it. What better place to start but our own Hutchison School Community and families. Giving them the opportunity to see joy on the faces of friends and family will plant seeds of compassion for others which will flourish and become stronger each year. For the next few weeks the girls will be creating a few things for others which will definitely put a smile on many faces… and they have already made a few feathery friends happy!!
Question: What are gifts from the heart? I will give you an example…A gift from my heart is to cook for my family. That makes me feel so good inside. How about you?
Being nice…to my friends
Being good to the birds and trees…
Be kind to your family…
Love your brother anyway…
Clean your room
Set the table
Hug someone...if they want a hug
I love everyone…
Explorations around the room...
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