More Guardian Map Drawings
An enthusiastic small group of Wilder, Hugh, and Frances went to the children's bathroom to draw the location of the constellation guardian. They were especially excited at the possibility of drawing toilets and sinks to provide context for the eventual school wide guardians map.
In the spirit of guardian discussions, we reintroduced transformation drawings, which consist of transforming an image into something different. On Tuesday Seon drew a building that transformed into a volcano. Ellie made a design that transformed into a dog.
Sometimes it takes time for an idea to take hold. Today, more children were invested in the transformation drawings.
Finlay drew a centipede that turned into a fish. Hugh drew a race car that transformed into a dog. Jade drew a police station that turned into tentacles. Louisa made a dancing horse and butterflies that transformed into a dog. Lucas drew a red robot that became a polar bear. Mimi drew a rainbow that became a golden ring. Saul made a truck that turned into an astronaut. Remy drew a cake that transformed into a butterfly. Lily drew winter that turned into spring. Cal made a Santa that transformed into mushrooms.
An Afternoon of Vehicles
Today, Cal was one of the table setters and wanted to use vehicles. Modes of transportation were very popular throughout the afternoon.
This was our mission on Thursday. A small group started at the entry of the preschool and focused on the first two guardians that they encountered.
As children draw, they use a wide range of approaches. Some children will make a more imaginative representation of what they see, all the while enjoying the process of making a mark on the paper. Some children want to included every detail. For example, as Lily drew the preschool door and the human guardian, she included the keypad for opening the door saying, ""I only did 1,2,1,2." No matter how children choose to draw, it remains a way for them to express their thoughts and ideas.
Playing a New Game
While five children were drawing yesterday, everyone else chose to play "Memory" for the first time in KW. As they played, children had to remember to take turn, to focus on the cards other children turned over, and to keep each card is its place. The cards featured North America Wildlife and children enjoyed hearing the name of each animal represented. We'll be bringing the game out more often!
On our last day of KW before Thanksgiving, we worked on centerpieces. Our ginkgo clay vase was out of the kiln, so we filled it with branches and beautiful beads, fabric, buttons, and natural materials.
We also glazed our vase with the doily impressions. Children were please with how their vases looked since they've been fired.
Ford - It looks so good. My mom and dad won't believe it.
Cape - It's so beautiful. It looks like it comes from part of the world. Like Japan.
This and that...
Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving is in the Air!
There's no KW next week, so we got into the spirit this week by making pumpkin pie. We are excited to eat it tomorrow!
We also prepared materials for use during the St. John's celebration. Children worked on fall-inspired sewing and glazed a clay vase. Look for them next Tuesday on the feast tables!
Family Feast Drawings
We're Grateful for the Wish Tree!
A big thank you goes out to all who purchased wish tree items. We have started to receive these new gifts and children were thrilled to use them right away!
A quick look at our week
Thanksgiving is in the air! Next week, there is no KW due the noon dismissal on Tuesday! This week we will be working on vases and other centerpieces for the Thanksgiving feast. We will also take another look at our guardian maps and see if they need some revisions. Our cooking project will be to make a pumpkin pie.
We will also welcome Zari to KW as she joins our program on Tuesdays and Fridays!
Continued Clay Work
"I remember making the pinch pot"
We heard this from several children as they added glaze to their clay creations on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Children have been very invested in drawing their families eating together. As we have mentioned, there are several challenges any time they represent a three-dimensional idea in two dimensions. Here's some of Wednesday's work!
A quick look at our week
It's a very short week in KW! We're looking forward to seeing many parents on Thursday and Friday for conferences. Until then, children will be drawing, glazing clay, doing puzzles, laughing together outside, and creating new scenarios for small world!
The Drawing Challenge
Light and Shadow
Based on Tuesday's interest in Hogwarts, today children built with projections of that magical place. We used the above images as building backdrops.
In the photo on the left, you can see that some materials were used like wand as the children interacted with the projected images. Chants of "Leviosa" could be heard throughout the afternoon.
Clay, Day 1
Last month, we completed our table runners to enhance our table setting and lunch experience. This month, we're adding vases for each table, which will eventually be filled with flowers, branches and other seasonal natural materials. On Tuesday, our focus was using slabs and making impressions for the vases. Although all KW children have experience with this material, their clay work has seldom required them to build with clay. Since clay is initially relatively soft, making upright pieces involves challenges. Using armature as a form of support allows the clay to remain upright until it dries. On Tuesday, we worked on two vases. The first included impressions of doilies, and the second had ginkgo leaf impression. As they worked, children grew more confident with the process and the challenges involved.
"We made one and then we made an easier one." Remy
Clay, Day 2
A different technique was used as children began working on their third vase. This consisted of adhering overlapping circles together around the armature. Bailee was the first to try this out, and then spent time instructing her friends. The pattern of "circle, glue, circle, glue" was how the children described their work on this vase.
A Quick Look at our Week
It's a new month! Clay was a big hit last week and we will continue working with it this week. We will be working on clay vases to enhance our table setting routine. Last Friday, building with spooky projections was such fun. We will bring that back today as well. Of course, we always have time for small world, messages, and puzzles.
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