Art

We have been busy preparing for our art show! Last week, we finished our collages. After we finished cutting up all the paper, we carefully placed glue on our pictures and covered our picture with small pieces of paper. We had to really concentrate on making sure that we only put glue inside of our picture. We chose what color(s) we wanted our collage to be and made sure that we covered the whole picture with the cut paper.

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Once we finished with our collages, we got to work on our mosaics. Our mosaics are the same picture as our collage, but we are using different materials. First, we carefully traced our picture onto cardboard. Then we painted the background, trying our best to be careful not to paint over our picture. We had fun mixing sand into our paint; when the mixture dried, it gave our background a textured look. We could even feel and see the grains of sand!

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After the paint dried, we got to work outlining our pictures. This makes it easier to tell what we made. We each got a choice of material for the outline: seashells, clear stones, or rocks. We were very careful to glue only around the outside of our picture. We also had to make sure that each piece that we glued down was touching the piece next to it, otherwise we would not have a clear outline.

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While we were working hard on outlining our pictures, we also did a lot of sorting. Our mosaics are made with many different materials and we had to sort the materials by color before we could get started.

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Once all of our materials were ready, we got to work filling in our pictures. All of this gluing, pinching materials, and placing them purposefully on our picture helps us to develop our fine motor and concentration skills. We are so excited for our art show on Wednesday so that our families can see our collages and mosaics!

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We also learned about another kind of art: self-portraits. We learned that a self-portrait is a picture that an artist draws of him/herself. We each looked in the mirror, chose our color and started drawing. We noticed that the shape our head is round. We also looked at the features on our faces. We looked at our eyes and saw that we have two. Then we looked at the color and drew them toward the top of our face. Right below our eyes, we each have a nose and under that is a mouth. We also have two ears, one on each side of our head, and some friends noticed that right above each eye, there is an eyebrow. Once we drew all of our features, we glued yarn onto the top of our head for our hair. This activity helped us to develop our fine motor and observational skills as well as fostering language development (directional language: above, below, next to) and vocabulary.

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Even though we were hard at work preparing for our art show, we were also able to enjoy experiencing and learning about winter. We had a lot of fun going outside and playing in the snow. We had fun making tracks in the snow and feeling how cold it was.

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We also made a winter clothing graph. Morah asked us what winter clothes we brought to school that day. If we had a winter coat, we put a picture of a coat in the correct column. We did the same with a hat and gloves/mittens. When our graph was finished, we read it together. We could see by looking that the most children had brought a winter coat because it was the tallest column. After we made our predictions based on looking at the graph, we counted how many pictures were in each column. We learned that our predictions were correct: the most children had brought a winter coat, the next most brought a hat, and the least children had gloves or mittens.

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We also did some fun activities with snowmen. We practiced our one to one correspondence by putting buttons on a snowman. We looked at the snowman’s hat to see what number buttons he needed. Then we carefully placed that number of buttons on the snowman. We also read a book called Snowballs where the characters built a whole snow family, including the family pets. We liked that idea so much that we decided we wanted to try. We had different size white circles to chose from, in addition to beads, q tips and other materials. First we practiced by building a snow cat together as a class. Then the next day, Morah put out the materials so that we could build our own snow person or animal.

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We also had a lot of fun (and helped develop our fine motor and one to one correspondence skills) by putting beads onto snowflakes.

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Finally, we were so excited to have a new friend join our class. Welcome, Claire!

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Winter and Art

It is a new season outside: winter. In the winter, it gets very cold and sometimes it snows. We also do not see as many animals outside, because many either hibernate or migrate. We talked about the things that we need if there is going to be a lot of snow. We need food in our homes to eat while we watch the snow come down. We also need snowblowers or shovels for after the snow. And, most importantly, we need our special winter clothes so that we can go outside and play! In the winter, we have to wear extra layers of clothing. We wear winter coats, snow pants, boots, mittens or gloves, hats, and scarves. We practiced dressing pretend people in the all of the clothing that they would need to go outside.

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We also had so much fun making many different kinds of winter themed art. We got to use many different materials, and expand the way that we think about art. We painted different shades of blue on paper. We mixed blue with white paint and predicted whether we thought that the blue would get lighter or darker when mixed with white. We saw that it got lighter! Then we used two different shades to paint on a piece of paper that had tape in it in a special design. When we were finished, we carefully pulled up the tape and saw that there was a snowflake on our paper!

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We also created our own “winter storms.” We got a piece of black paper and some chalk. We dipped the chalk into the water and then colored all over our paper. Wow! The colors really pop on the black and they really look like swirling snow.

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We also practiced our cutting skills. We each got a piece of paper with shapes on it. We used our scissors to carefully cut out the shapes and when we opened our paper, it had turned into a snowflake! Using scissors really helps us to strengthen our fine motor skills.

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We practiced measuring, scooping, and pouring when we made special snow play dough (the special ingredient to make it sparkly like snow is lots of glitter!). We also had so much fun (and strengthened the muscles in our fingers) when we played with the play dough.

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We used our concentration, counting, and fine motor skills for two different snowflake activities. We got cards with different snowflake designs on them and had to carefully place q tips on the design to make a snowflake. Then we learned that snowflakes all have 6 sides, and each of those sides are the same. We got a piece of paper with a hexagon (a shape with 6 sides) and got to choose from q tips and different shapes to make our very own snowflakes. We had to count out six of our material and then carefully place it around the hexagon to make unique snowflakes.

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We all had so much fun making our very own snow window. Morah covered the window with special sticky paper and then we got cotton balls, cotton pads, and q tips. We used these materials to make snowmen, snow, clouds, and even snowflakes! We all participated in this special activity and were so excited to add more details to it every day. Our finished product has so much detail!

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You may have heard us singing a special song at home from circle time (5 little snowmen standing in a row, each had a hat and a big red bow. Out came the sun and it shone all day, then one little snowman melted away. Continue with 4…3…2…1). We love this song so much that we sing it every morning at circle time! We even got a special felt board with snowmen and the sun and have had so much fun practicing the song, and taking away snowmen together and by ourselves during center time.

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In addition to all of our winter themed learning and activities, we started our month long art unit. Morah showed us pictures of flowers, but they were all made using a different kind of art! It was so exciting to see that we could use different art mediums to create the same picture. We were excited to learn that we are going to be using two different art mediums to create our very own pictures: collage and mosaic.

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We each got to pick what we wanted to represent in our picture, then we got to work! We started by using sponge painting to make our background. First we covered our entire paper with the color we chose. Then we mixed our color with white and we remembered that when we mix a color with white, it makes it lighter. Then we got to see what happened when we mixed our color with black. It got darker! Our backgrounds now have three layers of paint on them.

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Once our backgrounds were dry, we used a stencil of the picture that we chose and very carefully traced around the edge to make our picture!

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We also practiced more with scissors to cut the other paper that we had painted. The small pieces of paper that we cut up will be used to make our collages. We are having so much fun making our collages and are excited to start gluing so that we can see our pictures.

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This week, we were so excited for Shabbat to come that we couldn’t wait until Friday! Enjoy these pictures of some of our friends using our classroom items to make the brachot over the candles, challah and grape juice and enjoy an early Shabbat celebration!

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