During January the children learned about cold climates and worked with the story “A Whale of a Tale” from Twenty Tellable Tales compiled by Margaret Read MacDonald. This story originates from the Eskimos. At the beginning of the month children looked at the globe to see where Eskimos live and then where they live. Our class talked about weather and animals found in arctic climates.
Teachers told the story using flannelboard figures copied from prints in the book. Children also learned Chinese vocabulary related to the story.
A winter painting was created to go along with the story. Children were given a canvas on which to squirt dots of acrylic paint in cool colors to create a winter background.
The paints were then mixed to produce the background for the story figures to be printed onto.
Misty-Jade and I made stamps from the story figures. We traced the prints onto foam sheets, drew in the details, and then traced the details with an Exacto knife.
Stamp pads were made using two layers of fabric interfacing cut into circles to fit inside a plastic picnic plate. The fabric was soaked with water and then white acrylic paint was poured on top and spread out.
Children stamped the figures onto their winter paintings. After the paint dried the children applied a coat of Mod Podge diluted with water to the pictures. Some irridescent glitter was sprinkled over the Mod Podge for snow.
Last week the children retold the story during circle time using their pictures as a guide. They were all able to include the Chinese vocabulary they had learned.
Here is M’s rendition of the “Whale of a Tale!”
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The children made Santa handprint ornaments to give to their parents for Christmas. While searching the internet for gift ideas I came across two that we combined to make the finished product. One site offered to make the Santas professionally from clay using a child’s handprint. Then I found a recipe on Pinterest that uses cornstarch and baking soda to make a clay that looks like porcelain when it’s finished. The clay was used to make beautiful Christmas ornaments, so I thought it would be perfect for the children’s gifts.
It took about two weeks to complete the project. There was a lot of trial and error making the clay just right so that it wouldn’t crack while baking. A few of the ornaments had to be made a couple times. The teachers made the clay and then helped the children to press their hands into it.
Teachers cut the handprints out of the clay and then baked them for a couple hours before setting the prints out to dry.
It’s important that each child do as much of their own work as possible, so the toddlers painted their hands red.
The preschool class painted Santa’s hat.
The beard was painted white, and then a teacher added the facial details.
The children and teachers are very pleased with the finished ornaments.
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December has just begun and we’re all very busy! The children have completed many activities already and there are so many more to do before Christmas vacation begins.
The winter sensory tub (inspired by Teach Preschool) has been a big hit with all the children. Even the adults can’t keep their hands out of it! A tub was filled with plastic frosty snow. Penguins and an iceberg from a game we have were added to the snow along with clear and blue acrylic ice cubes. Some wood scoops and a couple wire Christmas ornaments were added. The blue confetti snowflakes add some cool color to the tub. We’ve had a couple incidents where the children have thrown the snow up to watch it fall, but who wouldn’t be tempted to do that?
The children continue to learn Chinese with Gao Laoshi and are beginning to learn to count to 20. A couple felt Christmas trees were attached to the wall and velcroed pom poms were set out in a dish. This activity helps children to practice counting as well as learn Chinese color vocabulary.
Gao Laoshi has started introducing some simple Chinese characters to the children. They’re beginning to write numbers.
Christmas shaped erasers have been set out at the math center for children to work on one-to-one correspondence.
Colored craft sticks were also set out at the math table. Velcro dots were attached to the ends on both sides so that the children can build geometric shapes with them.
A basket of clear and different shades of blue stones have been set out at the light table for children to build with.
Finger painting on foil was a new experience for all the kids. They enjoyed seeing the shiny foil through the paint.
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Our preschool class made Halloween silhouette paintings last week. The inspiration for this project can be found at That Artist Woman’s site. Gail has many great ideas for elementary school art, many of which can be made doable with preschoolers. This project took a week to complete. A small piece was completed each day giving preschoolers ample time to do each step of the project well and not be overwhelmed with completing the entire project in one sitting.
We used water color paper that was taped to the table with blue painter’s tape to form a frame around the pictures. The children used yellow and orange tempera paint cakes to paint the bottom third of the paper.
Red was added next.
Blue was added to the top of the paper. The tempera paint cakes work like water colors and allow the colors to mix. This was the first time I tried the paint cakes and love them! I found a school supply store in Canada that carries 28 colors! This is going to be my next purchase for the preschool.
The next day a contact paper mask was place over the top 3/4 of the picture. The children painted the bottom 1/4 of the picture black.
Misty-Jade created black Halloween cut-outs for the children to paste over their paintings. The pictures were then framed and put up on our new bulletin board.
This picture reminds me of the cyclone in the Wizard of Oz.
This was the first experience this group had using the tempera paint cakes. Some of the children figured out how to make their paintings brighter by using less water and getting more paint onto the brush.
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Both the toddler and preschool classes made family snowman wall hangings for their parent’s Christmas gifts. The family names have been edited out of the photo. I found this idea at that artist woman: Family Snowman Portraits. Gail did this project with second graders, but I thought we could try it with our preschoolers. It took two weeks for all the kids to finish the project, but it was really worth the effort!
Blue and white acrylic paint was mixed to get the perfect blue sky color. The children painted the entire 11″ x 14″ canvas (purchased at Michael’s) blue.
A contact paper mask was placed over the blue allowing the children to paint the snow at the bottom of the canvas.
The teachers cut circles out of foam purchased at the fabric store and then the children created a snowman for each member of their family.
Construction paper clothing was added to each snowman. Family names were added to the canvas and then covered with a clear coat of Mod Podge. Some glitter was sprinkled over the wet clear coat to add some sparkle. I really loved the way this project turned out and will do it again in a few years with another group of preschoolers.