At CCPCS, Pre-K classrooms are mixed age (3-5 years old). Children remain in the same classroom for two years before moving up to Kindergarten. It has been exciting to see our Pre-K 3’s from last year transition into a leadership role as a Pre-K 4 this school year. One part that has been particularly interesting for me to see is the progress they have made with their self portraits.
Self portraits are a key part of Pre-K portfolios. Children add to portfolios throughout the year and share them with their families at their final conference of the school year. During the first few weeks of school, children observe their reflections in a mirror and draw what they see. It’s exciting to compare their portraits at the end of the year with those from the beginning, and to revisit work from the previous year.
Above are Darian’s self portraits, beginning with his work from Fall 2012, followed by Spring 2013 and finally, his most recent self portrait from Fall 2013! He was just as proud of his growth as I was.