Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Watercolor Leaves

Today, the students finished their leaf paintings using watercolors! I compiled the sketches from yesterday, photos of them using the watercolors and the completed watercolor paintings into a slideshow!

I also noticed that during the sketching, a couple of students started to write symbols/letters to communicate what they wanted to say about their writing. It was exciting because without any explicit teaching-the students are realizing on their own that these symbols can communicate! It was thrilling for me as an educator to experience these first experiences with writing. Here, I conferenced with a student, J.M about her sketch.

When we outside today for movement and exercise, I noticed some students playing with the leaves:

Unfortunately, I had to leave work in the middle of the day today due to a cold/respiratory infection :( I went to urgent care and after a long wait got some medicine! I'll be back tomorrow! If anyone has any doctor recommendations, I would really appreciate it as I am in the search for a primary care physician in the Albany area. Please email me at if you have any suggestions! :)
Tomorrow, we will be making personalized leaf sun catchers! I am hoping that they will finished by the end of the day so the students may bring them home!

Next week, we will also be doing a week-long pumpkin study. On Friday (October 28th), I will be bringing in large pumpkins to show the students how to do a jack-o-lantern. If any parents would like to volunteer to come into our classroom around 10:00am, I would love to have an adult work with a group of 3-4 students to show them how to do a jack-o-lantern. If you could also bring supplies or even a pumpkin to assist with this project, that would be fantastic too! I am sending home a note about this tomorrow, but you can email me if you are interested too.