Thursday, 19 November 2015

We Decorate Our World #1: Creativity and Individuality

Similarities and differences in ideas about what a decoration is
What is a decoration to each of us?

Painting the "houses"
On our decoration walk, the children pointed out the different shapes, colours and pattern on each house. We read the book The Big Orange Splot by D. Manus Pinkwater. The children loved how Mr. Plumbean turned his "neat street" into a "dream street".
Adding windows

What if we were able to build and design our own houses, what would it look like? 
The children were excited by the idea of designing their own houses.  
For the next few weeks Water group will be working on building a house diorama. The children will utilize their creativity and show their individuality through their designs.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
                                               - John McCrae, May 1915
As remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace, the children painted their own Flanders fields. 

Monday, 9 November 2015

Sound Travels #5: Music Projects

To end the unit Sound Travels, all the children created their own music sequences that describe a thought or a feeling. They used found objects, musical instruments or their own voices to create these music sequences. Here are their projects:








Sound Travels #4: Three Billy Goats Gruff

How sounds are experienced.
How do we experience sound?

The Water Group really enjoyed dramatizing the Norwegian fairy tale, Three Billy Goats Gruff. They experimented with the voices for the different characters in the story. They felt their voice should be small and soft when saying Little Goats Gruff's lines and rough and loud for the troll (because he is scary). I showed the children parts of Peter and the Wolf and explained how the characters are represented by different instruments. Inspired by the play the children added drum sounds to the their dramatization of Three Billy Goats Gruff and felt confident and excited to perform in front of all the other children.