Friday, 28 November 2014

Colour My World #3: Water Group's Wonderful World

One day when Water group went for a nature walk in the forest, the children noticed that there weren't enough purple or pink colours in the forest. Sasha started a game by saying that the grass is purple. Then Olympia said the trees are pink and all of a sudden the children added all sorts of colours to the forest. Lucas got the children's attention when he started to sing "What a Wonderful World" and everyone started singing it too! To further the children interests of an imaginary world, we changed the lyrics to the song "What a Wonderful World" to describe what their wonderful world would look like.

What a Wonderful World
lyrics by Charlie, Jayla, Lucas, Olympia, Sasha, Sophie, and Theo

I see skies of green,
brown dirt too,
the moon is brownish red
for me and you
and I think to myself,
"What a wonderful world!"

I see beans of green
and pink flowers too,
the horses are pink,
the sun is blueish green,
and I think to myself,
"What a wonderful world!"

The moon is a rainbow,
so good in the sky.
White, black, silver and green
are the colours of the tree.
I see stars of blue,
flowers are white,
the rainbows are really
the colours of blue.

I see red like the sun,
runners all black and white.
Unicorns could be pinkish blue
and birds are white,
and I think to myself,
"What a wonderful world!"
Yes, I think to myself,
"What a wonderful world!"

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Colour My World #2: Shades and Tints

This week we explored Olympia and Jayla's colour inquiry.

Olympia noticed that there is no pink in the rainbow and she really wanted to add pink. But how do you make pink? Sophie guessed by adding the colours red and blue.  Jayla thought for a minute and said: "That makes purple. And you know, you can get different kinds of purple when you add red and blue together. There's light purple, medium purple and dark purple."

So to find out, the children started mixing colours to create different shades (by adding drops of black) and tints (by adding drops of
white)! They were amazed as the colours get darker/lighter by adding different amount of black/white. Olympia was ecstatic when she made pink with red and white.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Colour My World #1: Looking For Colours

The Water Group started our Colour My World unit with a group discussion. We talked about the different colours around us and where we see those colours. Theo sees colours on houses; Sophie sees colours in rainbows; Jayla sees colours on ponies; Charlie sees colours on shirts and pants; Olympia sees colours on people's faces; Lucas sees colours in paint; and Sasha sees colours on animals.

The children were all fascinated with rainbows. Some thought there were pink, brown or black in a rainbow. What are the colours in a rainbow? We found some rainbow pictures and counted the colours. There are red, orange, yellow, green, blue (some children think it's light blue), indigo (some children called it dark blue), and purple. We painted a rainbow chart for art and the children came up with things around us that go with each colour.