Progress reports are done at last! It takes a long time to observe the children, see what they know, and then write it down and make comments to parents – but now it’s all done and tomorrow they can all go home! Yay! Finally! (insert sigh of relief here)
Today we made giraffes. I wouldn’t really call it art – more of a fine motor exercise. I die cut a giraffe for each child out of yellow paper then I gave them light and dark brown paper and a hole punch. They then punched out dots to glue onto their giraffe. They all enjoyed the process – some had a hard time with punching out the dots; others had a hard time picking the dots up off the table – but they all turned out cute!
We also started making lion masks today. Ms. Bennet and I cut the center out of a paper plate. Then we let them put a bunch of glue on the paper plate ring. After that they put on some crinkly shredded yellow and brown paper to make a mane (this paper was used as hay when we had a farm in our playhouse and I saved it to use for this project). Tomorrow I will let them cut out ears for their lion and they can help staple them on. I will enjoy watching them play with their masks and pretend to be lions! I’m sure they’ll look adorable!
They love playing with our green playdough! Our blue and yellow playdough turned into green weeks ago. Usually I put out plastic knives, sicssors, cookie cutters, and rolling pins with the playdough – but lately I’ve just been putting out playdough to see what they do with it. A first, they weren’t so sure. But today I was proud to see them trying to make the letters in their names! A few spelled thier names completely! All my children (except one) know their names – but some had trouble figuring out how to make the letters with playdough. It was nice to see them making the attpemt without me having to prompt them! I love my class! I don’t think they would have tried this earlier in the year – it appears my babies are growing up!