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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…