Wednesday, February 26, 2014

This is why I love Kindergarteners.

Don't know about you, but I LOVE teaching Kindergarteners.  Now don't get me wrong, after those kids leave I look like a cast member of The Walking Dead, but these kids are awesomely exhausting and exciting.

Here's how today's Kindergarten lesson started:

Miss French Fry:  Hi Kindergarteners!  Please criss cross applesauce on the rug.
Kindergartener:  Can I go to the bathroom?  I was so excited to come to Art, I didn't finish wiping.

What the WHAT?!

For this project, we focused on perspective which is a tough concept to convey to little 5 and 6 year olds.  I whipped together this large mural below to help kiddos understand how objects change in size the farther they get.  The Kinders loooved getting the chance to stick on the smileys in their appropriate place.

We also read The House in the Night by Susan Swanson.  This book is a fabulous and beautifully illustrated story with illustrations that clearly demonstrate perspective in a Kinder-friendly way.

Instead of homes, we created some penguin-scapes.  Kinders had to create at least 6 penguins, 2 HERE, 2 NEAR, and 2 FAR little birdies.

This little artist worked hard to write our Art Smart words in his penguin-scape.


Now this little artist below always signs his name as JAKE!, so, naturally I call him "Jake Exclamation Point."

He made a point to show me that he took "artistic license" with his penguins, giving one of them "spectacles," and another one saying "SQUAWK."  Scout's honor, the kid actually said "artistic license" and "spectacles."

That's all for now, but for goodness sakes Kinder friends, I love that you're excited to come see me, but finish wiping next time.  And how 'bout ya throw in a hand-washing too, okay?