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OUR DRAGON-Painting and working with balance part of structure


We have been working hard to figure out how to balance the dragon, cover the dragon with texture, and paint the accent colors on the dragon. It is all red now, next comes yellow and gold, and the face. The children are still excited to work on the dragon. We are behind on our BIG MONTHLY projects, because each project has extended over the amount of time I thought the children would be interested.

Next is Tim Dine Large HEARTS, I hope the children will still want to do them, even though valentines will be long gone.

We had to work hard to figure out how to balnce the dragon

We had to work hard to figure out how to balance the dragon we decided on two long flat boxes to help balance the size of our dragon body  box.

Now we have been painting, it is an ongoing project,

Now we have been painting, it is an ongoing project that the children look forward to each week. We use big latex house paint brushes.

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Chinese New Year a great celebration for all!


The children and I have been busy in the Art Studio creating  a Dragon for our parade. We are behind because it is so big and took a long time to form, make the paper mache (which the children LOVED the most). Today we coated it with flour and water paste, some children REALLY loved the goo of that texture. It has be interesting to watch what part of the  DRAGON develoment process each child liked, from our idea to 3D form to texture – and next week color. img_1637 img_1634Red, yellow and gold- then what? Not sure, building the form from boxesimg_1627img_1628

The children were coming up with ideas for our dragon.

The children were coming up with ideas for our dragon.

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Preschool Art Studio


Getting the Art Studio ready for exploration, creativity and building projects. The children are excited to go to a new special place to learn art! We had a busy first day!

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Mentoring other preschool teachers


DSC00409I want to help other teachers understand the importance of teaching young children. Most people just think it is baby sitting, but teaching little children is so important because it is building a better world- if children learn early to be kind, understand their emotions and  recognize others have feelings too, without discrimination, from an  untarnished perspective. Perspective taking from the child’s point of view is an interesting way to teach and understand children. Valentines day is coming and most children just KNOW its about CANDY- I love that simple thinking. Let children view the world from their own perspective then understand and teach.

These two pictures were done by a 5 year old and a 3.5 year old- they tore the tissue paper, glue the paper and came up with their own concepts. I just gave them the art supplies and said make a colorful painting. These are really nice process ART pieces.  I supply the art bags to different New Preschool Teachers , who need help getting started . I give them an information art booklet,  How to help the child think creatively, how to LET the child work through the process- this allows them to THINK independently. Teaching like this lets the child SEE what he/she wants to make-their own perspective. Let go and get the best results, you can follow NAEYC, Eccers or whatever your school program uses for accreditation as a high quality school.

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Common Core and how it affects our children.


The common core is quickly being adopted by states and nobody even knows what it is! Several states instead of adjusting learning to developmental progress, information retention, building better foundations, have decided to teach children equally and without conceptual progression. This common core ideology -which is- one for all, all for one- everyone needs to be taught in a way to retain information- sustainable education. First grade knowledge serves second grade ,second grade knowledge serves third grade, third grade knowledge to fourth and so on. Each grade builds on the previous grade- sounds wonderful in theory- BUT….
Children’s brains don’t learn that way. They learn from scaffolding early experiences, building knowledge and retaining information because it has meaning. The young learner needs to reach specific milestones before the next step occurs. Teaching with meaning, not just building information- two entirely different theories. For instance, writing- you can push writing all you want, but if the specific hand muscles aren’t developed, negative muscle memory builds in the brain, and the child won’t learn, won’t build learning muscle sense, won’t write! Not only will the child get frustrated lashing out in anger, theses children tend to not like school. Frustration becomes the norm setting a precedence in learning. One simple educational error! This is the biggest problem with common core.
There is no one standard that will work in education. This is why our education system keeps failing. Education needs to be developed around brain development and the individual child’s needs. There are several states that ARE coming downward with developmental standards for the young child.(first grade down to kindergarten, down to preschool).They are implementing early learning STATE standards. It does encompass PLAY, learning with meaning, and professional development for their K-3 teachers. It has been hit and miss because neuro scientists and educators never thought this way before. Educational theory has always been at the high school level. Why do our children fail? Why do they drop out? What can we do? We blame the bad teachers….
Rhode Island, Iowa, New Jersey and Arizona are trying to implement a system that keeps/ or provides, developmentally appropriate education until 3rd grade. This supports the child’s brain development and set a foundation for the synapse to transmit information correctly.( as the child builds information).
Iowa has done testing to see if improvement has happened and follows the child’s development in education. It is a fundamental change in education- it is difficult to make government programs follow new educational developments, because it is policy that get in the way of learning. This educational pedagogy is not a trend,a money making idea, it is scientifically based- this pedagogy develops brain responses around education, setting up the new learner for success.

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Process Science too


Experiment that teaches

See the rain fall through the shaving cream cloud.

Children can understand the chemical  reaction by seeing what happens in the glass.  The food coloring sinks separately through the “cloud” of shaving cream. If they leave the cup sit it continues to storm.  They can make their own storm by adding other colors- red makes a purple storm, yellow makes a green storm and all colors makes a nasty dust storm or brown!  Easy summer activity.

 

 

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