Thursday, April 1, 2021
All Kinds of Sewing
The studio became a sewing center this morning. Palmer, Lane, and Cannon worked to sew together their pillows with the screen print they made yesterday. At the same time, children worked with hand sewing. As they worked, they shared their knowledge and observations:
Palmer - I know how to do this because my grandma came to teach us at school.
Cannon - (Talking about the presser foot of the machine) It's like a ski. (Later, talking about the pillow stuffing) This is like snow! Warm snow, and fluffy!
Fletcher - It's so fluffy! It's like wool!
Pajama Design: Arranging the Images
Children worked with the overhead projector to enlarge spring blossoms on easel paper. After carefully tracing the outline, they painted them.
The children had a blast on this soggy morning. There was sand play, hide-and-seek and What Time is It Mr. Fox. It was lots of fun playing games altogether.
At snack the children used their reading skills to determine what our special plan for tomorrow is. Brooke wrote letters one by one and the children were putting the sounds together. She didn’t even finish writing the word, when Aida knew! She wrote: VOLT and Aida excitedly said, “VOLTA!” And she was right! Beginning tomorrow, each Friday the Tucker children from both pods will be walking to Volta park to play. It was sad that the teachers didn’t capture a photo of the happiness and shock of this news. The children are so excited! Here is some of what they said:
Maren: I’m gonna play with Lane. I can even play with my brother because he’ll be there!
Dakota: I’m gonna play with Oliver!
Nora: I’m gonna play with Maren, Aida, Lane and Gigi!
Andy: I’m just gonna run to school! I used to wake up at 7:19 but now I’m gonna wake up at 7!
Aida: I’ll put my clothes on, brush my teeth and come to school!
Later at construction Andy was overheard commenting to Dakota:
Andy: Tomorrow is gonna be SO fun.
Today the children enjoyed splatter painting and painting pictures on larger paper at the table. The work turned out beautifully. For a few children, this splatter paint technique: tapping the brush gently, was new. As Aida tried it out she began to say, “tap tap, tap,” aloud as she worked.
Flip Book Drawing
The flip book work continues. Today the children looked at an example to understand the different sections: usually the head is in the top, the body is in the middle section and the legs at the bottom. Each child then tried to draw her/his creature proportionally on the paper. Some stayed true to their original design, while others added variations. The next step will be to add color either with marker or water color paint.
The children also enjoyed message center, construction and games. Aida taught Andy how to play Hoot Owl Hoot and they played together with Dakota. There was also lots of fun playing Sturdy Birdy!… it’s quickly becoming a class favorite!
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