Early Childhood Curriculum Update

February 2017

Mott Class - Preschool

The Mott Class had a busy February studying illustrators. We have used the knowledge we gained from our trip to Kutztown University to visit Professor Kevin, a professional illustrator, where we learned about tools used to create pictures for books. When we visited Professor Kevin, we even created our own illustrations that included a worm! During the month of February, we have studied Mo Willems and his use of black and white photography as a background for his drawings for the Knuffle Bunny series. We were able to create illustrations on black and white photos of UFS. Our intense study of Tyree Guyton and the Heidelberg Project led us on a trip to ArtZ in Quakertown to create art out of found items like toilet paper rolls and popsicle sticks. Tyree Guyton created amazing art to combat the blight in his old neighborhood in Detroit. Tyree used art to make a statement about how people with black and brown skin should be treated. He also taught us that even troublemakers can do good things to help in their neighborhood. We are studying his Faces of God series and hope to have an illustrator's installation based on his work soon. We hope to use our Faces of God series to illustrate a book on fairness, a topic we have been studying in Quakerism.

Hicks Class - Preschool

The preschool class continues to learn about authors and illustrators as we explore a variety of books. We visited Kutztown University’s art department to see what materials they use when creating pictures and meet Professor Kevin, who is the author of We Dig Worms. The children walked downtown to visit ArtZ in Quakertown, which is a wonderful studio where the students created their own art installations. The Hicks Class used large blocks of ice to create sculptures after learning about the ice festival in Harbin China.


We have continued our walks to the end of the block to see how a new building is being constructed after watching it being taken down. We are comparing the machines that are now building vs. the machines that helped demolish the old structure.
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Rustin Class - Kindergarten

New songs:

El Juego Chirimbolo

Mi Cuerpo Hace Musica

Kookaburrra


Writing

In writers’ workshop, Rustin Class students have been learning about writing "How To" stories. Their stories are written in three parts, first, then, and last. Students must organize their thinking and write a chronological story. Some ideas for a story are: How to Get Ready for Bed, How to Count, and How to Climb. They are delightful stories that help children feel competent.


Handwriting

We are almost finished with our handwriting books. Students have learned how to write all uppercase letters and lowercase letters. We are focusing on what sentences should look like on lined paper.


Literature

The Rustin Class has been reading stories by Ezra Jack Keats. Keats is famous for being the first children’s author to place black and brown characters into a children’s book. He was inspired by the children living in his Brooklyn neighborhood. We made collages inspired by A Snowy Day and A Letter for Amy. A few children were inspired to make box costumes after reading Hi Cat!


STEM

The Rustin Class read The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone. Each student made something to keep the gingerbread boy safe. They drew pictures of their object and then proceeded to make a prototype. Students made bridges, logs, boats, and rafts using a variety of materials. After testing their object in water, they knew whether they had succeeded or needed to go back to the drawing board.


Math

Rustin Class students are exploring symmetry, shapes, counting by 2’s and 10’s using objects, number line games, addition top-it, dice throwing addition and subtraction games.