Did you know that Picasso had a sad time in his life called the blue period where all his paintings were shaded with a blue color? One of my students said “That’s my favorite color and I’m not sad.”
Well, then we had to show the bouquet of peace which everyone loved and we made our own copies for the upcoming art show. We cut a portrait of each student into pieces and the children loved putting their faces back together “Pablo style” which was silly and fun. We ended the unit with the children each touching and holding a real Picasso lent to us by a former grandma from another class. What a treat!!
In PreK-3 we have been learning many different lullabies. We learned how these songs come from many different places and are usually passed down from generation to generation. The students were excited to sing their lullabies to their babies in their classroom. It was also wonderful to hear the PreK-3 students sing their favorite lullabies to the class as well!
We celebrated Earth Day by meeting a REAL beekeeper. He has hundreds of bees and makes honey and candles. We learned that most bees do not like to sting you. Bees are important to our environment because it helps flowers bloom and vegetables grow. Sometimes you need to go near the bees to do things in the hive. The bee man wears a special hat and clothes so the bees cannot sting him. We all took turns trying it on.
Everyone made a bee out of a paper cup and we slid them into a nest that we made on our spring wall. Eating Cheetos out of a small brown bag got really messy when we were told not to lick our fingers so we can experience having “pollen” on our fingertips. Good thing we had lots of Cheetos to satisfy that hunger after a fun filled Earth Day!
PreK-3 students have been learning a song about how being a helpful and kind friend is kind of like being a superhero! Students came up with different ways we could help our friends and we have been using our drama skills to act out the different superheros scenes: “If someone falls down we can help them up! If someone is sad we can give them a hug! If someone is lonely we can sit with them!” We have also been learning a fun song to go along with our acting as well!
One of the educators from the Fairfield Audubon Center visited our class recently for a lesson on animals in the wild. Before she arrived, we made predictions about which animals she might bring with her for us to touch and observe. Guesses ranged from giraffes to cats and while neither of those were part of the visit, we were thrilled to see an owl, a rabbit, a salamander, a hissing cockroach and a tortoise up close. We learned that when wild animals visit our classroom it is important to be gentle and not too loud. Our parents will be excited to learn that we can visit our new friends, including that hissing cockroach, by going to the Audubon Center anytime we want!
Today the PreK-3 students and 8th graders came together for a special music class. We started the class with eighth grade students reading the book, My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss, to the younger students. The three-year-olds loved how the 8th graders made the book interesting with their dramatic reading! After reading the book, the 8th graders prompted the PreK-3 students with questions about colors and feelings. “How do you think the author of the book was feeling when he had a brown day?” “How was he feeling when his day was orange?” The 8th graders shared their color feelings with the class as well. Then we listened to four different pieces of music. Some were upbeat and energetic, and some were quiet and slow. The 8th graders worked alongside the PreK-3 students to choose colors and shapes to show how they felt while listening to the music. It was a wonderful way for the students to reflect on how music can make you feel so many different ways!