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Colours and Emotions

Line of Inquiry: Colours are sometimes associated with feelings. We began by talking about how we were feeling today.  The emotions ranged from excited all the way to sad.  We discussed different ways we can express ourselves using words and actions. I asked if the children could use a colour to represent how they were feeling.  Before the children chose a colour, we read Dr. Seuss' "My Many Coloured Days."  To help the children connect with the colours and emotions from the book, the children acted out the story.  I then placed the different colours described in the book for the children to choose from.  As each child chose a colour, I asked why the colour represented his/her feeling.  The children were not able to express further why the colour was chosen. I want to explore this further to help the children make connections as to how colours can be used to express their feelings and how colours make them feel.  The children identified that two children chose black to …

Child's Inquiry: How do you make pink?

The children made a request to mix the primary colours into homemade play dough. Some of the children found it frustrating as it was difficult to knead the dough to thoroughly mix the the colours. Rocco noted that when the red was added to the dough it looked pink. Alfie asked "how do you make pink?" Rocco replied "mix white and red together." Simone responded "No, white and blue make pink." The group decided that they should find out which statement was true. The group discovered mixing white and red makes pink. This discovery prompted the children to see if they could make any other colours. Julia was delighted when she was able to light yellow and share her discovery with the group.

Friday Art

Clay Project This Friday, the children carried on creating animals or things they like with clay. With a short review with Mary, the children could choose to use their planning pictures from last time or to make something new.

Some children followed their previous planning pictures. They carefully chose the shapes they would need for the animals. Having practiced the skills of using and manipulating clay, the children enjoyed creating animals or objects with clay.

Primary Colours

This week we continued building our knowledge of primary colours.  We sorted items into two groups: primary colours and non-primary colours. Rocco stated that "yellow and red make orange."  We tested Rocco's statement by mixing the two colours  and concluded he was correct.  This led us to mix the other primary colours. The children predicted what would happen to the colours prior to mixing. The children are quite knowledgeable as they predicted correctly each time.  

Here is the link to a Sesame Street video we watched ( and another to an online colour game we played.

Animal & Shapes

On Friday, the children started planning what animals or things they want to make for the clay project next week.

In small groups, the children brainstormed what shapes were needed to create animals. With the teachers' and peers' help, children picked the wooden shapes  needed and placed them on a piece of paper to form the picture.

Children were thinking carefully when they decided on where to place and to glue the shapes.

Step by step, children formed the blueprints for their clay project next week. From knowing the shapes to combining shapes into pictures, children will use the clay to create a three-dimension project next week.

Clay Fun

Clay Fun
Last Friday, the children had a chance to explore and manipulate a new art material - clay.
The teachers showed the children some picture books and illustrations with shapes that could be made with clay. Then, the children had plenty time to manipulate and be familiar with clay.

The children gained some tactile experience; as well, they learned the skills to work with clay, like rolling, punching, squeezing and pinching.

Art with Shapes

More Art with Shapes Mary read "Architect of the Moon" by Tim Wynne-Jones to the children; the story was about a little boy who uses his imagination and different shapes of blocks to re-build the Moon. We talked and learned about more shapes in our environment. A half circle is called a semi-circle. Pentagons have five sides. A stop sign is an octagon!

The children had a chance to visit three different art stations about shapes. Mary and the children traced the foam blocks on the big paper. Children combined different shapes to create a huge painting!

Ann and the children used yarn to do lacing with different shapes. The yarn goes up and down around triangles, circles, squares, and rectangles. The children used markers to decorate their shapes as well.

Anamaria and the children used the overhead projector to trace shapes out on the whiteboard. The children enjoyed tracing the contour line of different shaped shadows.

Similarities and Differences Between Friends

We are nearing the end of this unit of inquiry.  Next week is already our summative week.

Our focus this week was likes/dislikes: do we have to like the same things as our friends?  I asked this question to the children.  All of the children said yes except Rocco. Rocco said "friends don't have to do the same things."

Using the book, Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley (the story of two great friends), we listed the traits of each character.. The children found out that Pearl and Charlie were complete opposites yet were the best of friends. I asked the question again.  Esme and Simone changed their response. Simone replied that "that friends don't have to do the same things but sometimes we do."

We wrapped up by making "Wanted: Friends" posters.  Some of the qualities listed on the posters were:
Rocco: caring
Simone: someone who is nice
Alfie: play with me
Bela: someone with smiles.
Julia: Julia made a poster for her friend Clare stating I love you.

Creative Shapes

Creative shapes This Friday, we reviewed the shapes we know, triangle, square, circle, and oval. We categorized these shapes into two groups: shapes with points or corners & round shapes without points or corners.
We also made a connection with our environment. Kathryn played "I Spy" with the children to find shapes we have in our classroom. The children were very creative; they said their cheeks are like two circles. As well, we can make oval shapes with our mouths!

Children also watched a clip of "Mouse Shapes" story. We all enjoyed the creative pictures the three mice make in the story. Here is the link that tells the story:

Then, children used their creativity like the three mice do in the story to make a picture with shapes. They glued various shapes to make colourful pictures.

Friendship Pie

There are times children think others are not their friends but don't  know why.  This is the case in "Enemy Pie" by Derek Munson.  Jeremy Ross moves into the neighbourhood and ruins one boy's summer or so the boy thinks.  The boy asks his Dad for advice on how to get rid of an enemy.  Dad suggests baking an enemy pie but before they can eat the pie, the two boys have to spend the day together.

After the story, I asked the children "did the enemy pie help the two boys become friends?"  The response was no because playing together made them friends.  This statment started a conversation on how we can ask others to play or join a game especially if it is someone we have never played with before.

We decided to make a Friendship Pie.  Before we could develop the recipe, the children had to identify what qualities they bring to a friendship.  This gave the children an opportunity to reflect on how each of them contribute to their friendships in their own way.


Friday Art Activities-Shapes

Form shapes with lines & strings For October, we are going to learn about shapes. As a transition, we started with the story "Just how long can a long string be?!" by Keith Baker; therefore, children were able to move to our new topic "shapes" slowly and smoothly. Children learned the concept that strings (lines) can wrap around an object or create the outline of a shape.

Ann also read "Mouse Shapes" by Ellen Stoll Walsh. Children learned about the characteristics of shapes. For example, "any shape with three sides is a triangle." It was also interesting to see what the three little mice can make with triangles, circles, squares, and rectangles in the story.

Children had the chance to trace triangles, circles, squares, and rectangles with their fingers or markers in small groups. Then, children glued yarn to make contours of different shapes. Children were familiar with triangles, circles, squares, and rectangles; as well, they enjoyed crea…

Friday Art - Line Them Up

Line them up! We talked about the types of lines we learned from the previous weeks; children moved their arms to make vertical, diagonal, horizontal, curved, wavy, and zigzag lines. We discussed  that when connecting dots or lining up objects lines are formed! Ann read "The Line Up Book" by Marisabina Russo with the children. Children were able to recognize what types of lines that the boy made by lining  objects in the story. Children had a chance to use pom-poms, toys, and wooden blocks to form their own lines.

 Children were able to grasp the concept that dots make lines. Enxin: "My buttons make a horizontal line!" Children also enjoyed tracing horizontal, zigzag, wavy lines with markers. It was a great chance for the children to practice their fine motor skills.