This is the time of year when teachers begin to look back, reflect and gather their experiences together through out this past year.
Just as a dandelion germinates from a tiny seed, the dandelion forms a long hollow stalk with its flower on top. The dandelion flowers change and develop into tiny seeds. The seeds are attached to structures that are shaped like parachutes called pappuses. When the wind blows the pappuses carry the seeds for miles. Then the seeds land and the cycle begins all over again under the right conditions.
Thus too, are the children in our classrooms. As tiny seeds they begin to form beautiful flowers and then as the winds of the spring approach, the children like seeds float into the their new schools and classrooms.
As I have grown accustomed to saying good bye each year, I know these little seeds will be nourished in their new garden classrooms by the deep foundations that were planted at the Living Wisdom School.
This entry today is about remembering all the many great projects, and crafts over this past year.
I am not sure who all my readers are on this blog, but I can only guess that you are early childhood educators, parents, and grandparents.
There are so many great activities it was hard to edit, but I will do my best to share the most meaningful.
We start every year with the "All the World is my Friend Unit."
|These are our very first self portraits that hang above their cubbies in the hallway.|
|These are globes that are made with form, tape and then art plaster added to each round ball. These are then dried and painted. The process above is the first stage before plastering. The children take them home for their home altars or nature tables.|
|I wish I could take the credit, but this came from our Kindergarten/1st grade class. I love it. So great for birthday displays in the classroom setting.|
|This was the world and our hands. I love murals and how they immediately invite all to work cooperatively. These are their hands that were traced and displayed for our first curriculum night. The children loved this.|
|This was our community map. The children worked together mapping the direction of their homes to the school. I have found it is a very usual tool for the parents . This allows the parents to see where their classmates live. Small houses were attached to their 3-D structure. It was displayed flat on a table in the main hallway|
We began our fall tree unit.This is our 3-D forest in the hallway.
This was one of the simplest projects but to a young child so fascinating. This was a very simple paper plate folded into four parts. Small dots of paint were added to one side/ or around the plate. The children then folded them and what a surprise it was when they re- opened their plate. These simple mandalas were decorations for our all school fundraiser.
These were our Thanksgiving gratitude pots.
We started the journey of the"Tomten" to all the far away counties and farms.
Each day we traveled to a new country which was our theme for the day. We enjoyed many celebrations.
The children reflected on the deeper meaning of the holidays.
Celebration of Saint Lucia day
Our New Years boats and setting off our wishes for the New Year.
Making our boats
Wishing stones from our blessing New Year's cake. Each rock is wrapped individually and baked in a cake.
I paint rocks in the classroom frequently for teaching all types of inner qualities.
Queen of Tarts day on Valentines Day. What a fun game this is. Giving tarts to all the students at Living Wisdom School. The queen never knew what happened.
100 day activities were a highlight in our classroom.
Getting ready for our art show. Georgia O'Keeffe. These were made by making a petals from cardboard. The children then added their petals around the paper by tracing. Then black sharpie was used. The next stage was water-coloring in the background, then the foreground. These will be memorable for our families.
Our watercolor portraits added to jewels with ModPodge.
Our Monet garden bridge for our art show. One of our fathers gave us a hand with making this beautiful structure for our art show.
Here it is at the Art Show, with the pond, willow tree, fish and lily pads. This was the all school project. Each class added to the exhibit at Monet's Garden.
More flowers for the art show garden. I wrote about this on a previous blog post.
What would our class be without celebrating the full moon each month. This is from our Equinox celebration. Sun and Moon are equal, happy spring.
Equinox Cards made for their bedrooms.
We make crowns for all our celebrations or something for our heads.
All the children made their own birthday crowns to wear on their special day.
This was a wonderful week on healing.
This year our children made Mother's Day statues of their favorite thing they like to do with their mom.
I know I got this from Pinterst so I cant take credit for it. Each paper was water-colored with the moon shaded with another piece of cardboard. When the picture was dry the cardboard was removed. In order for children to get the stars very small I had an idea to take a small piece of cardboard and hole punch a small hole in it. Several holes were actually cut in the cardboard. Then the children could draw through the hole a small star onto their picture. The ladders were made from small sticks from Starbucks. I took a picture of each child climbing a small ladder. I printed the picture and cut them small to fit the ladder.
They love their "Moms" to the moon and back.
This has been a very meaningful year and I am filled with the seeds of gratitude as these little ones float to their new homes.