PreK-3 students loved our first book of the school year: “Froggy Va a la Escuela!” Froggy came to Unquowa and the children knew just how Froggy felt on his very first day of school. We had so much fun learning how to say the word Froggy as well as the colors green and red!
PreK students are SUPER excited for music class!! We had a fantastic first day of class with tons of singing, dancing, and self expression! One of our songs was about recognizing each individual student and at the end of the song they got to jump up and say their name. The class was full of smiles, laughter and music – I loved their wonderful energy!
The PreK-3 and kindergarten classes spent time at the Yale Art Museum last week learning about three artists: Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh and Jackson Pollack. The three year olds were familiar with the artists from their lessons in the classroom and were thrilled to be able to see the paintings in person (and for most it was extra exciting as it was their first time visiting an art museum). Docents led us through the museum and discussed the color and texture within the paintings.
The kindergarteners have been reading and writing poetry and talking about how poets express their feelings. Before the trip we discussed how art can also be a means of self expression and went into the museum with the intention of looking at the art pieces and seeing which emotions or feelings they evoked. As we gazed upon the shapes and colors in a Picasso, our docent gave each child felt pieces to create their own abstract interpretation of an animal.
Pablo Picasso had lots of girlfriends and he once made one of them a ” Bouquet of Peace”. It was not made of real flowers but instead it was painted on canvas. It was very simple – even we could copy the style and make our own versions. What do you think?
A master of cubism, Picasso’s portraits were fascinating to study. We each enjoyed creating self-portraits using this modern art style.
We had a wonderful time learning about the artist who made a circus out of wires. The children watched a video of the original show that Alexander “Sandy” Calder put on for audiences in France and in the United States in the 1940s. Each child made their own stabile to remember this great artist. They learned that Sandy and his wife Luisa loved to dance to the Big Band sound of that era. When we were studying Calder’s art we danced every morning to Glen Miller and enjoyed the sounds of trumpets and clarinets.
In PK3 we move to music in many different ways! Today we used ribbons to move like the water while listening to Aquarium from Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns. Students let the music guide their beautiful waves of dance.