Saturday, September 10, 2011

Enjoying Our First Days of Kindergarten

In Art Center, there is a wide variety of materials, including paint, clay, pastels, scented markers, recycled materials, objects from nature, pom poms, etc. The children are encouraged to use their imaginations to construct, design, assemble, paint, draw, and illustrate. Each month we highlight a specific artist and their technique. In September we study Frida Kahlo and her colorful self-portraits. We will each paint a very colorful self-portrait this month that will hang in our classroom.

I brought out some new block crayons I made from last year's broken ones. The children used them to make colorful leaf rubbings.

She created a very colorful piece of artwork! She made a frame for her masterpiece and then hung it in the Art Center.

In our Science Center, the children are provided with continuous opportunities to observe, predict, question and analyze as they learn about the weather and seasons, animals and their habitats and the stages of metamorphosis.

Currently, we are learning about metamorphosis. The children observe two Monarch caterpillars munching leaves on a Milkweed plant.

A few of our meteorologists practice giving the daily weather forecast.

Friends play with a variety of different animals and create appropriate habitats.

The children observe, question and gather information as they watch our Cecropia Moth caterpillar munch away on Sycamore Maple leaves.

In Writing Center, the children have an opportunity to experiment with a variety of tools and materials to write letters, practice writing our names, draw, create books and use their knowledge of letters sounds and words to express themselves.

This is a wonderful example of how important it is for the children to have the time, tools and opportunities to use their imagination and creativity. In these pictures, you can see our friend created a beautiful birthday card for his sister. How special is this!

Building Center encourages planning, cooperation, negotiation, creativity, imagination, and a sense of accomplishment.

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