Posted in Books & Stories, Classroom Notes, Improv, new year, Wee People

Is 8 Minutes After Midnight A Witching Hour Part 2: The Unveiling

 

I poured small pools of color onto the paper, put what I call loaner tops on my babies then a smock over that and let them have go. You may be able to detect a handprint or two, and of course the stems and leaf renditions I edited in after the masterpiece was created. The sun that my director said resembled a large squid was mine too. Who says one-year olds are the only ones who can paint!

 

 

Posted in Classroom Notes, new year, Wee People

Is 8 Minutes After Midnight A Witching Hour: Classroom Notes

So good night soon to be good morning about 12 minutes from now. Trying to get through this season I’m watching on Netflix, nodding on and off to the best of my ability,  but not impressed by what they have to offer, and thinking about the next vegetable or fruit my one-year olds will interpret with their coloring prowess. We will take a break from images and go straight up art on our cork board for May. You know, May flowers for starters using paint, maybe a big sun shining above… how that’s going to work with four 1-year olds remains to be seen. That’s how it always is so nothing’s going to change. I might cut a page the size of the board and let them dip hands and have go… (I can add stems and leaves after the fact, add their names near their creations as artist’s scrawl). We do wear scrubs now over our clothes as a proxy uniform and I could bring my apron with me to go over that, they have smocks to cover their clothes. Should be safe, sort of, and at least a messy good time.

I’ll let you know how it turns out. In fact, seeing their faces won’t be posted this time I might just take a picture and show you.

 

 

Posted in Books & Stories, new year, Wee People

April Begins 2017

Up at the wee hours again. Soon enough I’ll put a movie in to lull me to sleep until the alarm goes off. Winds howling some more and rain isn’t letting up. April showers began in March, maybe the clouds will pass and let the sun peek though before May. Maybe not.

Big ideas for my April board in the classroom. I’ll have my little guys as easter eggs, giving honorable mention to April Fools Day after which we’ll work with themes. It’s not that they know but I hold each one up to see and they find their pictures – recognize who they are. We do art in the mornings, free coloring as it were. It’s interesting at different stages of a year old how each child progresses. They really enjoy it. When kids begin eating crayons it’s time to move on to the next thing…

Time for that video…