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Snap Shot Of Our Week:
January 29th: Scholastic Book Order Due (order online with the code: NDK6Q)
Mystery Explorer: Every Thursday @ 10:30 SHHHH.......
Next week our Mystery Explorer is Charlie Michie
Jan 11 - Elloway
Jan 19 - Jonah
Jan 25 - Maya
Friendship and Feelings
In Feelings & Friendship, we learned about caring and helping others by saying something kind or doing something helpful. This is an important topic since it promotes empathy and positive relationships in our young learners. Notice when your child shows kindness towards others, and reinforce his/her behavior. For example, you could say, “I see that you are helping your little sister with her puzzle. I can tell by the smile on her face that she is really happy!” Take a look at the Home Link (attached to the e-mail) for more on caring and helping. -Mrs. Scheele
Cooking and Conversation
The Young Explorers continued with their exploration of art and artists this week with the introduction of Claude Monet and Impressionism. Teachers introduced the key features of impression by displaying some of Monet's famous water lily paintings. In Cooking & Conversation we extended the water lily theme into our recipe by creating fruit and vegetable lily flowers, and decorating plates to represent lili pads.
Before beginning our snack preparation we studied some of the lili pad artwork by comparing and contrasting them with actual photographs of lili pads. The Young Explorers examined both art forms for colors, shadows, and texture and shared their observations.
After studying the paintings more closely, each child was able to decorate their lili pad plate and arrange it on our blue butcher paper tablecloth to recreate one of Monet’s masterpieces with our own twist.
Finally, everyone was able to use an array of fruits and vegetables to create edible flowers in baking cups that they placed on their lili pad plates. Everyone enjoyed a very colorful, healthy snack and the opportunity to contribute to a whole-class art project.
What can you do at home?
Continue pointing out the outwork around your home and surroundings. Ask your children to comment on the art form or take note of different styles of art. Is it realistic or more abstract? What does it remind you of? You will be so pleasantly surprised with just how much our Young Explorers have learned so far!
Katie Gerber, m.s., CCC-SLP
Movin' and Groovin'
Upcoming Themes/What Can You Do At Home?
- You can check out books at your local library about the three artists
- If you are feeling adventurous you can take your family to the Art Institute of Chicago
- Continue practicing independent dressing for outside