Painting in Pod B
Everybody in Pod B painted today! Perhaps inspired by our Zoom discussion with Dorothy last Friday, Gigi and Lane worked on portraits. During our Zoom, we learned that the artist worked for 3 months on the Michelle Obama portrait. Lane may have this to heart, as she has been returning to the portrait for 3 days, adding details once the base layer of paint is dry. She's not quite done, as she intends to a some finishing touches tomorrow. Palmer worked on a painting of a stegosaurus (Do dinosaurs have portraits?).
One strategy that we use at the easel is to have shapes drawn on the paper. This encourages children to think about how the will use and possibly fill the paper. We often find that children's subsequent paintings become more complex after this experience. Papers with shapes were available today, although Cannon was the only one who used them. Here's a look at his process.
Marguerite and Will Clarkson read for us today. Will, who will turn seven tomorrow, read "Pete the Cat Saves Christmas." We laughed a lot and loved the story. After that, Marguerite read a book about getting ready for kindergarten. The book made going to kindergarten sound wonderful, although some of our classmates are clearly more excited about the prospect than others! Thank you, Marguerite and Will!
Race Car Construction
Aida: This is a parking lot where the cars are. Maybe we need a road. (She lays out cardboard roll) Maybe we need some rocks to hold it down. (She adds rocks). What if we add some tubes, so the cars, like, go around? (She places PVC pipes and demonstrates how cars pass through)
(Fletcher walks up)
Fletcher: What is it?
Aida: It’s a road for cars.
Fletcher: That’s so cool.
(We begin to retrieve all the cars from the parking lot)
Aida: It’s a race, okay? Here’s the finish line. On your mark…
Oliver: What’re you guys doing?
Aida: We’re making a race for cars.
Oliver: I wanna try it. (He tests out the tubes)
(Aida and Fletcher begin to race)
Aida: Which one’s going to win? Ohh, you won Fletcher!
Fletcher: Again, again!
Aida: Your car won again.
Fletcher: Because I am fast.
Aida: What do you think of this, Fletch? (She shows him some changes they could make to the road, like a tunnel, and he agrees)
During backwards day, we had a visit from a local cat. The children enjoyed watching the cat explore the outdoor classroom.