Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Self Portraits

My favorite ever art project with my third graders was their self-portraits. They drew themselves with pencil, traced the lines with sharpie, then used water-colors to paint the portraits. They turned out great. The best was the one in the top left corner. Someone asked Calyn while he was painting why he was painting a potato instead of himself. I had to turn around so they wouldn't see me laughing.

I decided that for All About Me week we should try the same thing. I had Connor try it a couple of weeks ago to see if it would even work with 3 and 4 year olds. I think this works for any age and drawing ability. I love seeing the evolution of how children draw people. It'll be fun to have the children do a self-portrait of themselves at the end of the school year and see how much they've developed in how they see and represent people. For this project I also had the children paint sticks in their favorite color to frame their portraits. And I interviewed each child about their favorites: color, animal, number, treat, food, and toy. I taped their answers to the back. It's a great "picture" of what they were like in September 2007.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

First Day of Preschool

I know this blog should be private by now, but I can't bring myself to type in all those email addresses tonight. So, instead I will post about our first day of preschool.

Connor and I are doing a co-op preschool (the moms take turns teaching) with 5 friends. The moms and the kids are all amazing and it's going to be a great year for us.

Because of my impending due date (11 more days...or less!) I am teaching the first week. Which is so fun. Because the kids are so excited to start preschool. And because I get to do an alphabet and number review and have the theme All About Me.

The kids are bringing lunch to preschool and Connor was thrilled with the chance to pack a lunchbox. He thought it was kind of funny that I was getting him all dressed for the first day of preschool and taking his picture when preschool was at our house. But we had to mark the occasion!

{My almost-four-year-old preschool boy}

{Abigail had to get her picture taken in front of the door too}

{The group eating lunch}

{My first mommy-message on a lunchbox napkin!}

Here are my plans for Tuesday and Thursday if anyone is interested (email me if you want more information):