Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Valentine's Day on the 100th Day of School


River Class celebrated the 100th Day of School on Valentine's Day. We had so much fun! Children shared their 100 collections with each other and participated in a variety of 100th Day and Valentine's Day activities. Please check out the above slideshow for more information.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Focus on Specials - Dance


Enjoy the Video!

The introduction to dance with River and Sky included a discussion and sharing of Dance by Bill T. Jones and Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees. We began to explore the magic of dance with call and response and a chant in the multi. The children were excited about moving together in new groups. We are off to a joyous start exploring personal space and general space as a beginning!

In dance, children explore movement as a language and as a way to sense their place in space. Children cannot read, talk, touch, draw, or write without moving. We do warm-ups that are teacher directed and where children make their own choices. Poetry, props, imagery, traveling through space, connecting, laughing, stretching our bodies and igniting our imaginations are integral to each experience. Sky and River teachers come and participate with children so we can weave connections between what is explored in the classroom with what is explored in the dance space. There is a dance mailbox in every classroom where children write notes about ideas for dances and future classes. This year we will be moving inspired by the LS theme of water and doing a visual art integration with Natasha, our LS art teacher.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Focus on Specials - Art










Collage Hearts

River and Sky students were introduced to the collage center in art class recently. The students learned how to cut out a heart shape on a folded piece of paper and used this as the base paper for their collage. They were asked to pick a theme for their collage and utilize all the materials and tools in the collage center such as paper edger scissors and glue to create the hearts that you see here. 

We also looked at a collage/painting by the contemporary artist, Kerry James Marshall, and discussed how he used collage in his painting. 

Can you figure out what the theme is for each heart?