Nature Play On Vancouver Island

Nature Kindergarten On Vancouver Island

The children have continued to enjoy our water colour paints this month. I introduced painter's tape in January and then washi tape this month. While they will continue to work with water colour paints, the children will also be working with clay and be introduced to a new art material, pastels this month. We enjoyed hot chocolate twice this week!!!  During our return walk from Departure Bay Beach we were invited to stop at the Drip and the second time with the school Green Team on Friday morning during Sweater Day. Some of the children even wore their hats indoors to keep warm as we dropped the school temperature four degrees for one day. Megan came and made heart and alphabet pancakes with the children on Thursday morning, after our beach visit, with our cooks Georgia and Henry.  Julie from the VIRL visited us on Thursday afternoon to share highlights from our local library followed by a hilarious puppet show about Rapunzel (who has a hearing deficit!!!). So ...
The children began with using painters tape to create images of trees, branches, suns and clouds. Then they applied shades of blue water colour paint reminiscent of winter skies on wet water colour paper. The next week they moved onto to pink, fuchsia and orange water colour on wet water colour paper and this time added washi tape on top of the dried painting. Two of the children discovered that adding too much paint ended up with brown. Luckily they were happy with the new colour that they created. Beautiful!!! I imagine just like last week's art, there will be many visits to the art studio.   ...
There are only two Reggio Inspired Teachers at our school but some of our colleagues are interested in the Story Play happening in our rooms and are beginning to offer these creative and open ended experiences for their students modelled after the Story Workshop shared by the Opal School. While we have been doing Story Play all year three mornings a week, this month my Kindergarten students have begun to meet with a Grade Two big buddy in our two classrooms once a week for Story Play. Alex (Reggio Inspired Gr 2 teacher) and I are both amazed at the focus, joy and collaboration we are observing while the students work with a partner to create a story using loose parts. I love having an opportunity to spend time with the grade two students and observing the care and kindness shown to my kinders as they make connections and get to know each other.  The story narratives are rich, the conversations are full of invitations to share ideas with "how about". "why don't&q...
          The children have had access to clay in the classroom during exploration and Story Play but since we don't have access to a kiln the clay goes back into a bag each day. Yesterday I noticed that the clay was beginning to dry out and I thought it would be nice to do this month's outdoor nature art using clay and nature's loose parts to create symmetry discs. Here are a few examples of the beautiful pieces made by my kindergarten students. The students worked in a small group with an adult. They were each given a ball of clay and asked to make a pancake, draw four boxes and use nature loose parts to create a symmetrical piece. They are beautiful!!!! We decorated the forest with our art for other visitors to enjoy. ...