Tuesday, November 21, 2017

There is No One Grander Than a Grand Friend!

One Grand Family pardoned a Thanksgiving Turkey during our Circle Time story!

Others told tales of their Kindergarten experiences and even one who did not attend K!

Skyping allowed us to enjoy even more Grand Friends from all over the U.S.!

We had a rousing game of 21 with our Grands during Math time and shared games, outdoor play, crafts and loving chats during Choice Times. 

A Charlie Brown Lunch Feast of pretzels, popcorn, jelly beans and toast were a perfect complement to our yummy potluck dishes provided by the families.  Thank you to all who made this day so special.  Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Let There Be Light, Color and Glass!

Our study of houses continued with parodies about various architects (surprisingly, a lot of them are named Frank) and some unusual dwelling places like “flea bag hotels” (Roberto, the Insect Architect) and Bottle Houses: The Creative World of Grandma Prisbrey.  We discussed the art medium technique of “mosaics” used by the actual Tressa “Grandma” Prisbrey to create her “bottle village” in California and compared her work with artist Henri Matisse’s tile mosaic that we experienced at the museum. Kindergartners also recalled our own SK dragon and eggs mosaic in our Atrium. During Latin class this week, they serendipitously viewed pictures of intricate ancient mosaics with Madame as well. 

For our writing activity, Ks pondered what kind of house that they would like to live in if not their own.  Many stated that it would be a gingerbread house so that they could eat their way out of it, of course.  Speaking of houses, Kindergartners added 3 D structures that they made from small boxes to their maps that depict their routes to and from school.  During Language Arts, we are practicing recognizing the short vowel sound of the letter ‘a’ like in the words cat, cab, candle and abdomen.  Word difficulty is scaffolded in Kindergarten to engage all pre to conventional readers. 

During Math classes, we practiced re-sequencing three and four digit numbers into grids as a way to break a “secret code”.  Ks also practiced reading the various three and four digit numbers that were deciphered.  We discuss place value and the difference between ones, tens, hundreds … all the way to trillions. Our Origami activities during Math, thanks to Kalyan, challenged us to follow step by step directions to problem solve and helped us with folding our own grid paper for the number sequencing lessons.

Our trip to the Toledo Museum of Art proved to be a lovely and illuminating adventure.  Ks were able to compare and contrast various pieces of glass art and see visual examples of “opaque”, “translucent” and “transparent” glass. 
Our class viewed a glass installation called Dew Point 18, 2007 by Architect Maya Lin who is most noted for being the designer of the Vietnam Wall in Washington D.C. and lesser known for U of M’s “Wave Field” on North Campus.
This frosted glass structure reminded us of a Christmas tree as well as the "bottle houses"!

Additionally, Kindergartners were able to create their own masterpieces using various material choices in the museum's Family Center, interact with one of Monet’s Water Lily paintings, and experience several points of view in the outdoor sculpture garden.

The above sculpture reminded some of the children of "waffles and butter".  Good thing we sat and had lunch shortly afterward before boarding the bus to return to school.

The glass icing on the cake, however,  came when we strolled upon the Glass Artist Dale Chihuly chandelier located in the museum’s foyer.  We have been studying his work recently and simulating some of his amazing, organic and colorful designs.  We were (glass) blown away to see his work in person!  We are being inspired by Mr. Chihuly’s work to create our own special art installation exhibit in his honor. 

Glass sheets found in our playground wade pool.

Chihuly inspired plastic cups and plates that are colored with sharpies and baked (350 degrees for 3-4 minutes) to perfection!

Don’t forget our annual SK Grand Friends Day/Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Potluck Feast on this Tuesday, November 21st in the Kindergarten room 8:45- 12:45 P.M. Have a Happy and safe Thanksgiving to all!