Weekly Notes: 1/22-29/16

Weekly Notes: 1/22-29/16

Weekly Notes: 1/22-29/16 Friday Midday: Our art presentation focused on a traditional art form of the northern regions, like Alaska and Canada: called ‘Inuksuk’. Inuksuk or in its plural form Inuksuit, are renditions of a person that carries a message to passers-by by stacking carefully selected rocks and slates on top of each other. In the barren landscapes of the North the ‘arms’ of the inuksuk would point towards a good fishing, hunting, or gathering place or convey other fundamental messages to travelers. After showing several pictures of inuksuit, I showed the children how they can make their personal inuksuit from a collection of various rocks and slates. After the art presentation I got out our continent globes and discussed what the different textures and colors represent on them. This brought us to our continent puzzle map and our discussion on how the land on our planet Earth has been divided into the seven continents: North-America, South-America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and Antarctica. Pm: I presented a painting of a winter landscape called A Winter Scene with Skaters near a Castle by Hendrick Avercamp, from c.a. 1608-09. Besides it depicting a snowy scene, it is a very busy picture full of things to look for and notice. It was painted by a Dutch artist who loved to paint landscapes with lots of people in them. In this painting there is a city scene with a frozen lake and people engaging in all kinds of activities, such as skating, snow-ball fighting, pushing one another in a chair on the ice, etc. I also pointed out the solitary bare tree in...
Weekly Notes 1/18-1/21/16

Weekly Notes 1/18-1/21/16

Weekly Notes for January 18-21 2016 Monday: Martin Luther King, Jr Day MOM closed Tuesday: AM: We had an early circle so that I could show the children our special art project for the week, painting a real fish in order to make a colorful print. At first the children were not so excited about seeing a dead fish up close, but their enthusiasm grew as the began finding all the fins and could make them move and identifying the lateral line and other parts they know. Over the next few days they will each have a turn to create their own beautiful print. This is obviously a time sensitive project and I will warn you, their work of art might be slightly aromatic! At midday circle, I showed the Power of 2 bead chains. This is an interesting work to learn skip counting, by 1’s, 2’s, 3’s, etc. The child chooses a set, lays out the chain, and folds it into the square form. They then count each bead and match a small ticket with the matching numeral at the end of each bar, and can then skip count by reading the tickets. I am always pleased with how popular this work becomes. What’s not to like, the beads are colorful and the concept is interesting and useful. Natalee then reviewed the Spanish names for the animals she taught us last week and then added 5 more. We even learned how to say farm animals in Spanish, animales de granja. PM: I first showed an option to record the skip counting patterns as they work with each chain. Using...
M.O.M News for 12/7/15-12/11/15

M.O.M News for 12/7/15-12/11/15

Weekly Notes: 12/7/15 – 12/11/15   Monday Midday: It was a very exciting day for me: I started my week-long unit on Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. Watching the Nutcracker ballet and listening to Tchaikovsky’s festive music is a heart-warming way of getting ready for the holidays. I have a Nutcracker advent calendar for this purpose that consists of 24 miniature books that tell the story of the Nutcracker. Each day we’ll open five booklets and read the story they tell. I also have little wooden nutcracker figurines depicting Marie, the Nutcracker, Herr Drosselmeyer and the Mouse King. The children can take these figurines off the shelf and interact with them throughout the day. Today’s circle we started by lighting the sixth candle on our menorah and then I introduced the Nutcracker advent calendar and the main characters in the story via the wooden nutcracker figurines. Then I read the first five booklets from the calendar. It is Christmas Eve, the Stahlbaums are getting ready for the Christmas ball. Their children, Marie and Fritz are peeking through the keyhole to steal a glimpse of the beautiful Christmas tree being decorated and of all the presents under it. Soon, all the guests arrive and the party is on with dancing, games, and laughter. Suddenly, a mysterious guest arrives…After reading the story I showed the children a ten-minute excerpt from the New York City Ballet’s Nutcracker performance on our TV screen. It was lovely to see the children’s faces light up as they watched the ballet.   Pm: I showed a Holiday Pop-up Card Making work that the children will be bringing home...
M.O.M. News for 11/30/15-12/3/15

M.O.M. News for 11/30/15-12/3/15

Weekly notes: 11/30/15 – 12/3/15 Monday: Midday: It was so nice to come back to school and see the children’s happy faces! They all seemed to have a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with family and friends! Knowing that there are three weeks left until the break and there is so much to squeeze in, I introduced Hanukkah today, a week early. I read the children a book called My Hanukkah by Tomi de Paola and then lit the first candle on our menorah. While we were watching the candles burn we sang a little song called Burn little candle, burn, burn, burn…and watched the candles burn down during lunch. I also showed a Dreidel Three Parts Work and then I introduced our letter of the week: ‘k’. Our collection of objects was rather small: key, kazoo, a picture of our states Kansas and Kentucky, our lower case ‘k’ and our upper case ‘k’ and kite. Our mystery animal of the week was kangaroo.   Afternoon: I showed three Hanukkah related works today: one was a Star of David Tracing work with the metal insets, the other was a Dreidel Symbols tracing work and the third was the Dreidel Game that the children may play with pretend gelt.   Tuesday: Morning: Music with Jan! Jan has been teaching the children lovely Hanukkah songs! Midday: We lit the second candle on our menorah and sang Burn Little Candles. Then I showed a Hanukkah Numerals and Quantity Matching work using Hanukkah related objects and our sand paper numerals. Finally, I handed it over to Natalee for her weekly Spanish lesson. Today she revised...
MOM news for October 23 – 30

MOM news for October 23 – 30

Weekly notes: 10/23/15 – 10/30/15 Friday Midday: In my weekly art presentation I focused on Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) and his art work. Mondrian was born in the Netherlands and he showed great talent for art from a very early age. He used to draw and paint alongside his father, who was a qualified drawing teacher, and his uncle, who was an artist. Mondrian initially painted in the impressionist style. When he moved Paris he got introduced to cubism, which had a great impact on his style. I showed the children one of his early experimental works called Evening: Red Tree, 1908-10, depicting a tree only painted in the three primary colors: red, blue and yellow, which later became Piet Mondrian’s trademark and made him so well-know all over the world. Then I showed the children how Mondrian took this idea further, and developed his signature style, endless number of paintings consisting of a black grid, with individual rectangular or square shapes colored in red, blue or yellow. I took a piece of paper, a ruler and a black marker and showed the children how they can make a grid. Then I chose which enclosed space to color and made my own Mondrian-inspired painting! The children will have a chance to create their own Mondrian-inspired paintings throughout next week.   Afternoon: As Halloween is sneaking upon us, the children will be busier and busier engaging in fun Halloween projects! I showed a Haunted House craft work today and presented the Witch Stew work where the children fish out stew ingredients from a black cauldron filled with green sparkly water. Then...