Playing "face time" in the outdoor classroom during backwards day on Tuesday.
Is it a ball body? Who is holding the ball? Is it a ball head?
Drawing "Warm Wendell" all dressed up for winter
In preparation for today's sing along we had been practicing our five songs: Acorn song, Jingle Bells, My Name is Joe, Bingo, and our newest song Warm Wendell (Windell). We have also been doing more drawing and thought we could combine the two by drawing Warm Wendell all dressed up and ready for the cold of winter. "I like to wear my hat, my scarf, my coat, my gloves, my pants, my boots to keep me nice and warm in the winter when it's cold outside."
What should we call these drawings? Silly self portraits?
"Call them closed eyes portraits." -Will
We had an idea to invite imagination into morning meeting. Elyse or Melanie could draw lines and the children could imagine what the lines were becoming or what they could be. Somehow (the laughter and joy fades the detail of transition) Elyse's lines became her self portrait. The catch though - Elyse was not looking at the paper on the clipboard and Georgia insisted she add the challenge of closing her eyes. Elyse narrated what she was drawing as she went and the final product (see gray documentation board in the classroom and below) brought oodles of laughter. How silly Elyse looked! So, voila! We had a new drawing game. Melanie took her turn and Lucille drew. Now a few children have taken a turn too! With this we created a "magic list" so the children can keep track of turns. The challenge is to not look at the paper while drawing or keep your eyes closed, which isn't so easy to do. The best part is that we love the game, it's so joyful! We can hardly wait to to continue with it next week when we return on Tuesday!