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Exploring Our Artistic Side January 19, 2013

Filed under: Learning Stories — mrsmarshallkd @ 7:36 pm

Creative Development:                                                                                                                                                                                         1.2: express ideas and feeling creatively through artistic expression


Listening to the artist

As a school, through the Town of Stratford, Glen Stewart is participating in an art project with the help of a local artist. She is going from room to room, grade level to grade level to introduce us all to the many aspects of the graphic arts. The theme of the art is called, “Reflect Respect” and each grade level will contribute something that will be both unique and unifying. The end result will be a large mural that will hang in the library of the school. The Grade 1’s have created a mural for the Grade 1 wing.

The Kindergarten classes are in the process of doing their part. But we aren’t just creating something for a mural, we are learning much more. We are learning to think beyond what we see and we are learning to express that thought on to paper. Eventually we will be doing sculpting and adding our piece to the mural. Here are some of our artistic results:


At first we started with a blank piece of paper and some cut-outs that looked like animal footprints. We thought about what might have made those prints, where we might have found those prints, and what it would look like. Then we drew the creature on our paper and included their environment. Here is the end result:


The next visit, we were given a piece of wire and asked to mold it into a shape. This was a bit more difficult for some of us, but eventually, we all could do it. Then we glued that shape onto paper and began to think, “What would make that shape? What would it look like?” Then we began to draw:








And here are the final results:


It is so interesting to see where the children’s imaginations take them. They truly are “thinking outside of the box”!


How do we measure up?

Filed under: Learning Stories — mrsmarshallkd @ 7:01 pm

3.1: compare two objects based on a single attribute, such as length (height), mass (weight), and volume (capacity).


For the past few weeks we have been investigating Penguins. The Emperor Penguin has been the one penguin we have learned the most about so far. One thing that has intrigued us the most is the size of the Emperor Penguin, the largest of all of the penguin species. As Kindergarteners, size is a relative issue. When we learn that the Emperor Penguin can be 115 cm that is interesting, but we don’t quite understand what that means. That is one reason we measure. When we hear it, it seems nice, but not relative. When we see it, we are impressed, but it is still not quite relevant. But, when we measure ourselves compared to the penguin, when we measure other objects compared to the penguin, then we get it. Then it matters. Then, we are impressed!

So, how do we measure up to the Emperor Penguin?



The first thing we did was to compare ourselves to a life-size replica of an Emperor Penguin.

Then, we compared other items in the room to the penguin. We cut strings 115 cm long, broke off into pairs and explored the room!



The sandbox


Cardboard posts (to be used for what? we’re not sure yet, but they’ll be useful somehow!).


The pocket chart


The broomstick


The writing table


The kitchen set


The science shelf

Also: the top step, from the door to the daily schedule board, the math table, and the easel all measure up to the Emperor Penguin!

Can you think of anything else?