“One time… I had a giant nightmare!”

Over the past several weeks, children have been sharing about their dreams, imaginary friends and thoughts about magic in the Studio!

Weekly, children go around and share their dreams one at a time with their friends.  We’ve noticed that some dreams are reoccurring or follow a theme, while others consist of different characters every week!   Each week, children describe their dreams with more detail and have many questions for their friends.  After everyone has a chance to share their dream, they sketch about them in their dream journals!

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Katherine: One of my dreams was when me and Lenin throw snowballs together. We laugh together.

Brianna: It was really loud in my dream. The cloud. The cloud was doing so much noise. The sun was blinking because the cloud touched the sun and then it was blinking. The thunder was scaring everyone. All people was running away.

Frances: One time, I went into my dream and I played with my dream friend and then he barked at me and then I gave him cupcakes. The animal is a doggie. And I give him cupcakes whenever I get in my dreams. He likes cupcakes. His color fur is rainbow! His name is Shooting Star.

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Jacob: I dreamed about Chase and Rocky flying together. They were playing together and they came into the bathroom with me. And they brushed their teeth and played with me and with my toys.

Elena: The monster was down on my moms sofa and my dads sofa and my sofa and my grandmas sofa. He looks like a monster and his face is disgusting. Like he have a nail and an angry face. And he have a nail on his face.

Isaiah: My dad and my mom were singing. They were singing Spanish songs. I was playing fort night with my brother Mason.

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Leah: Unicorns. Drinking soda. And eating pancakes. And coffee. And pigs drink coffee too.  Sheep drink soda. And the sheep and unicorns drink all the soda. And they die.

Maya: Squirrel Girl.  She’s in comic books.  Do you know how I get her in my dreams? From the comic books I read about her right before I go to bed!

Savannah: I saw a dinosaur and a ghost. They were fighting people. And then they fall and they get a boo boo on their legs. They go to the doctor. And get a bandaid. Someone slammed the door on the dinosaur.

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Kaitlyn: A monster bite my finger. And I run and then I ask my mommy if we have a monster last night. Her said that’s ok, it’s not real.

Mina: One time I had a giant nightmare. The giant named Jack he really, really snuck in the door and my friend Charlie, he had a house, and we stepped down the stairs, and we walked upstairs, and they also turned into a slide. And the ceiling could come off and on. And when the giant was in my town, there was other people, Charlie decided to close the roof so they wouldn’t get stepped on.

Nora: I don’t really know if I’ve ever had one.  I only dream about colors.  They’re all the colors in the world.

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“I love it.  I love this place!”

This week, children began coming to the Studio for art groups… FINALLY!  New friends were excited to explore the Studio, and returning friends were eager to be leaders.  Friends had many noticing and wonderings about the new space…

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Jahir: What’s over that wall?

Abbie: I hear the air conditioning blowing loud.  It makes me feel calm.  And soft.

Maya: I didn’t know you were over this wall!

Briana: Where did this room come from?

Ethan: Do you have beds in here for nap time?

Nanahi: I hear Ms.Holmes singing “Sally the Camel!”

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Khyrstian: Lots of good art in here!

Kennedy: What’s that sound?

Noah: It sounds like people?

Elena: I love your house!  It’s nice.

Yanelis: I hear that.  What’s that sound?  It sounds like niños.  And I hear Mr.Christian?

Matthew: I like the flowers.

Leah: Why does the sink make noise?

Jayden: I love it.  I love this place!

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We began by painting together at the front table with liquid watercolors!  Children practiced putting on smocks, safely passing glass jars with paint and putting wet work away on the drying rack when they were finished.

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Uhura: I see flat brushes, and round brushes.  And big ones and little ones.

Aria: I’m getting so tired from painting.

Dayana: That’s a ginormous skinny brush!

Nora: First the paint looked black, but then it dried brown.

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Adele: Keep the glass on the table so it doesn’t break or spill.

Asa: If you put the brush in the wrong jar, it will change it wont ever change back.

Eva: I’m painting a house for fish!  It even has a spot for the fish to put her clothes.

Hailey: Blue paint… like the color of smocks!

Anival: If you want to mix a rainbow, mix it on your paper.

Sallie Chapel: I’m wearing a smock like you.  We’re artists.

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Once children were done painting, they could self select other centers in the Studio to continue their work.  At the sensory table, there were mung beans and materials for scooping and pouring.

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Yanelis: I’m making a little tea party in here.

Vanessa: I love sensory table.  It feels so weird!

Kennedy: I love it.  I want to play so long!

Isaiah: Don’t eat the sand for real.  It’s not really ice cream!

Javi: Don’t spill the beans.

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At the easel, there were dry erase markers and erasers for collaborative drawing.

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And at the back table, there were drawing materials sorted by color!

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Jax: Put the tops on so the smelly markers don’t dry up.

Theo: If you twist this too high, it’ll break.  If it breaks, we won’t have it.

Adele: This marker color is metallic.  That means it can glow in the dark.

Nanahi: Twist only a little bit.

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“I’m making something pretty amazing!”

During the first six weeks of a new school year, children explore new materials in different areas of their classroom.  Learning about new materials is a great way to build relationships with both classmates and new teachers! 

By the third week of school, children were using oil pastels, crayons, markers, dot markers, rock crayons and twist crayons in the art area. It was exciting to compare and contrast these drawing materials, as they all have very unique qualities! Soon, children will begin coming to the Studio for art groups where they will continue to explore a variety of 2-D and 3-D materials.

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Soleil: Why are they called rock crayons?  Can we use them outside?

Hailey: I rubbed it with my fingers.  Now I can draw with my them!

Dayana: The black oil pastel looks like licorice.  This one looks like a minty color.  This one is a peachy color.

Asa: I made a plan for how to build an airplane. 

Africa Grace: When you use the side of the rock crayon, it makes you draw faster.

Nanahi: It twists.  I’m just writing.

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Savannah: I’m doing it.  I’m twisting it up high!

Jair: Can it twist to the ceiling?

Adele: It’s really hard to smudge black.  Maybe because it’s dark?  Look… I’m drawing with my fingers!  The more you smudge it, the lighter it gets.  I just turned red to pink!  You have to scrub it.

Kennedy: All the colors are making the rainbow.

Vanessa: It looks like lipstick.

Sallie Chapel: I’m making something pretty amazing!

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Johnny: I’m busy… busy!

Leba: The top goes there.  On the back!  Click!

Hope: Those are details that I made.  I added arms and a mouth to the ghost.

Sebastian: It turned my finger green.  It’s getting all the colors on my hand!  Look at all the colors on my fingers.

Isaiah: Can you draw with the back of the pastel?

Amie: Put the top on so it doesn’t dry up.

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As children in Mrs.Balk’s class were drawing outside, many began creating treasure maps of the playground.  There was a lot of enthusiasm around maps as children were studying the location of playground structures, the sandbox and the garden.  Children began trading maps with their friends and wishing each other “good luck” as they set out to find treasure on the playground!   

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Frances: I’m going to make treasure maps for Abbie to find the treasure.

Abbie: I’m making two treasure maps for at home.  Zach and daddy are on a team and me and mommy are on a team.

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Art groups begin in the Studio on Monday! Hooray!

“We could share our bags with our families.  We could even share it with your family, Ms.Cushner!”

As friends began learning about markets in their classrooms, we realized that we needed reusable bags for our school garden market! We began by observing a variety of bags and noticed that most had words, images or both.  Friends also shared with each other where their families had used reusable bags before and what they carried in them.

Kourtney: You could put snacks and food in them.  I do that to go to my grandmas house.

Dayana: You could put things in them to go on vacation.

Declan: I think that bag says “strawberries are sour.”  Or “strawberries grow.”  They put pictures of strawberries so I think the words are about strawberries, too.

Elijah: We should put our names on them.   It could say “Elijah is the best” with no pictures, just colors.  And rainbows.

Africa Grace: We use bags to bring things home from the store or to someone else who needs them.

Cesar: That bag has recycle symbols.  The recycle symbols are the leaves on the tree!

Isaac: Our bags could say that strawberries are healthy, and they’re red.  And that I think hyenas like to eat them.

Theo: A recycling tree!  I think the words say “I recycled your trash into a bag.”

Mina: Sometimes my family uses them to carry a little baby potty for my sister.

Brandon: If you’re going to the park, you could put food and toys inside.

Naila: That bag is from Whole Foods!

Elizabeth: You could put groceries in it.  You could put junk in it and give it to someone to build a monster truck with.

Mason: You could put a lot of books in it.  Or a small lamp.

Kendul: I went to Walmart to get a Shimmer and Shine doll and they gave me a bag like that and it says “Walmart.”

Connor: I want my bag to say “when you go to the strawberry field, you don’t want to pick the rotten ones, you want to pick the good ones to take home.”

Kendul: But we learned a lot about peppers.  It could say “let peppers grow… let the sun let them get juicy.”

Luca: I use those to get food and to give presents to people.  And to carry my beach stuff.

Mariyah: I use bags for putting my clothes in the bag to take to my auntie’s house.  My brother takes soccer stuff in bags.  And you can use it for carrying lasagna stuff.

Sammy: I think the bag could say “you can kiss your family and you can play and go out somewhere with your family… you could go on a field trip with your cat.”

Julian: We know a lot about strawberries.  It could say “you can plant them but you can’t eat them when they’re green.”

Daniela: Bears eat tomatoes, so do persons.  We should tell people that.

Mateo: My mom always tells me to eat my tomatoes.  I want the bag to say that!

Julian: We need to tell people about daffodils.  Let’s say “daffodil colors are not just yellow, they could be white or orange.”

Uhura: I put toys in them.  You can carry them to a far away place if it’s too heavy.

Nazeer: We could share our bags with our families.  We could even share it with your family, Ms.Cushner!

Scotland: Let’s tell them that some peppers are spicy and some aren’t!

Asa: If you want to carry heavy things, it’s a good thing to use!

Ali: My grandma has a bag like that.  It’s orange and green.

Amie: My dad got a bag from a drawer in the kitchen and put my swimming suit in it!

Jax: We could say “we’re tomato experts… when tomatoes turn brown, don’t eat them and that tomato seeds grow in the plants!”

Joelle: We can write “no picking flowers or they will die and the roots won’t grow again.”

Abbie: Strawberries have seeds and they have a stem.  And a little flower that’s white.

Irvina: I want to tell families that tomatoes grow on vines.  They don’t grow on trees.

Phew! Once we began brainstorming about our bags, we decided it was best to share information about the plants in our courtyard garden that each class became “experts” on.  Children came up with slogans and then voted on their two favorites at Morning Meeting!

Elijah: Peppers grow on vines.  They all start green but when they grow they turn to different colors.  They can grow upside down.

Africa Grace: We made strawberry jam.  It’s good on crackers.

Isaac: Strawberry jam is kind of delicious and kind of not.

Theo: Ketchups made from tomatoes.

Leba: Daffodils don’t move.  They’re not animals.

Mina: You can make sauce with tomatoes.

Kate: Peppers look like teeth.

Luca: Strawberries have 102 seeds on them.

Mateo: It’s OK to eat the tomato seeds.  Nothing bad will happen.

Briana: Some strawberry seeds are yellow and some are black.

Amie: Tomato seeds look like raindrops.

Friends began doing observational drawings of tomatoes, strawberries, peppers or daffodils to add to our garden market bags.

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Mason: I want to try to draw this daffodil.  It’ll be hard for me.

Julian: Count the petals so you know how many to draw.

Nazeer: I see a little curve, a little circle and another curve.  There’s a down line next to it.

Joelle: I have a really challenging one.  There are so many daffodils to draw!  It’s like I’m at work and I have to focus really hard.

Abbie: I’m adding a flower because I see a flower in the picture.

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After children voted in classrooms, we began writing the words to accompany the pictures on the bags.  Friends chose if they wanted to write in their regular handwriting, or if they wanted to try writing with fancy letters.

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Connor: I only have to write three letters and the “s” is so easy.

Luca: I gave the “r” a little hat.  That’s silly.

Montre: Fancy letters are like if you want to give a letter a mustache.

Amie: I put sleeves on the “L” and that’s silly and fancy.  And I turned the “S” into a bear.  I put ears.

Alina: I made ponytails on my letters.

Kaleb: I turned my letter into a tomato head!  And I made the “M” in tomato into a rainbow.

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Next, we transferred our text and images onto a piece of styrofoam to use as a stamp!  Friends mixed ink, rolled it onto the styrofoam stamp and pressed it onto their market bags.  We hope you enjoy using them to shop with at the PK Garden Market on 5/17 from 9-10 am!

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Declan: Ink feels soooooo sticky!

Kourtney: Wow… it’s on the bag!

Mina: It’s kind of hard to roll ink but when you roll it, it turns smooth.

Naila: Oh, I think I know… it’s gonna stamp on the bag!

Aaron: Ink is so messy.  But it’s so good.  I’m working really hard on it.  That is a big, big, big stamp.

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Kendul: Roll, roll, roll… roll the ink!

Luca: I can’t wait to take the bag home after the showcase to use at REAL markets!

Katherine: The ink gets very scratchy.

Gerson: The stamp is getting so covered.  It’s like a bulldozer.

Julian: I know it’s going to go on the bag.  It looks beautiful!

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Adele: I saw someone paint a wall with a rolling tool like that.

Geo: My mommy… she gonna like this!

Asa: Rolling the ink sounds like a lawn mower.

Briana: It’s hard to make the ink flat.  It’s easy to make it have lines.

Amie: It sounds like a cat is walking around and scratching with his claws!

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Additional market bags, tea towels and seed balls will be for sale at the PK Garden Market tomorrow (5/17) between 9-10! See you there!

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“This is like a tiny paint… stadium!”

This was the first week that children came to the Studio for art groups, and we had an absolute blast!   Friends had many questions about the space and materials which made for enthusiastic and busy art groups.

Friends noticed and wondered many things about the Studio…

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Mariyah: Who’s making that sound over that wall?

Belen: You got a new carpet?  And an easel?  Wow!

Yuri: I hear Ms.Holmes.  Is she in that white box?

Dafnee: I wish there would be a wall so it’s more quieter.

Kaleb: Is this your house?

Brandon: You have a dee-doo dee-doo in your room for the fire drills.

Elliott: You got a new rug just like our class!

Nydelyn: Your bell sounds like the tooth fairy.

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Alden: Hey, that’s my classroom over that wall!

Eli: Why you got two boards now?

Gionni: This is like a tiny paint… stadium!

Kwame: That’s Mister Skinny Legs skin… do you remember him?

Frances: My very first time in this room!  There’s rainbows in here and now I’m turning into a rainbow!  And seashells! And a magical sink that makes a “bump bump” sound.

Anders: I just stepped on a rainbow!  It was on the floor.  Now it’s on my pants and my pants are actually my pajama pants.

Julian: I love it in this place.

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At the front table, children were introduced to liquid watercolors and used them to fill more pages of their sketchbooks.  We discussed mixing on the paper (not in the jars… for now…) and how to safely use and pass the glass jars.

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Luca: Glass breaks when you drop it.

Amen: I’m putting the brush in the green.  It stays green that way.  I’ll put the red on top like an experiment.

Mateo: Don’t break the glass so you don’t get a cut.

Isabella: Pass it gently and keep it away from that edge of the table.

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Naomi: Are the jars made out of concrete?

Amal: This is red like red blood on the bandaid.

Trebor: Phew, this painting is hard work!

Jax: Don’t hurt the brush.  Don’t bang it or the brush will die.

Elizabeth: This brush is big, but the one in the pink is small.

Isaac: I can’t believe it… I’m painting with blue!

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Once children were done painting, they could self select from the other centers in the Studio.  This week, friends could use markers at the back table, draw and erase at the easel, or build with shape and color puzzles on the carpet.

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Katherine: Let’s do this together because the board is really, really big.  It’s an ice cream cone with chocolate chips.

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* I have many group photos of children working that couldn’t be posted due to the confusion with media releases this year.  Looking forward to getting those lists updated so that more photos can be posted on the blog! 🙂

“Yellow, yellow, who do you see? I see pink looking at me!”

Welcome back to the school, friends!  After a summer filled with travel, art-making and lots of time to relax, it feels great to be back in the PK Studio and kicking off year 5!  I’m so excited to continue to work with PK4’s and to begin working with the new PK3’s this year.

During the first 3 weeks of school, I joined children in their classrooms and introduced materials at their art centers.  We worked with crayons, oil pastels and finally… tempera paint.  I also introduced Studio Sketchbooks for the first time, which will help compile all of their art work from the beginning of the year.  They will take their sketchbooks home at the first conference day!  Next week, children will begin coming to the Studio for art groups… and I’m beyond excited 🙂  Below is a snapshot of the beginning of the year work in their sketchbooks… enjoy!

Friends have used oil pastels, crayons and markers to begin illustrating stories and sharing their interests with myself and their peers.  Children enjoyed smudging and rolling the oil pastels, especially because they can be a little bit messy 🙂

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Kimi: This says K-I-M-I.  It’s my book!

Samantha: This is not Josie’s?  This is mine?  This is my notebook?  It’s not Josie’s, it’s mine?  My sketchbook?

Dafnee: Like your sketchbook?  Now I have one!

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Brandon: I don’t like the paper on the crayons.  I got to see all the colors.  I need to put the paper in the trash.  Now everyone can see the colors!

Isabella: When you drag pastels on the side it looks like a rainbow.  I love being here at the art table.  It’s so relaxing.

Amal: When you blow on it, the oil pastel doesn’t go away.

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Jax: Pastels make your hands dirty like a monster.  I want to keep drawing.

Torin: My fingers got messy too.  Just like Drew!

Elliott: Hear that scratching sound?  That’s called rubbing.

Aurora: It feels good.  They roll.  I can roll it fast.

Frances: I miss crayons, but these pastels are funny.

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Eva: Julia’s hands turned green like an ogre.

Belen: Messy, messy, silly messy.  I love doing messy.

Siah: What should you call this color?  I’ll call it rainbow water!

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Throughout the week, we have been using different sized brushes to paint with tempera.  Children also practiced putting on smocks to protect their clothes.  Friends mixed colors in their sketchbooks and are really excited to have paint open at their easels soon!

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Kaleb: The smock is covered in red paint because I have red paint on my hand.

Gionni: Did you know blue and yellow makes green.

Jax: Yellow, yellow, who do you see?  I see pink looking at me!  Pink, pink, who do you see?  I see red looking at me!

Luca: The purple paint covers the brush like magic.

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Isaac: What do you think of my painting?  It’s footprints!

Amen: When this fat brush goes in the yellow, it turns to brown.  I want to show all of my family.

Torin: Blue and yellow made a green person.  Guys look, it’s so mixed up.

Nazeer: I spin the red in yellow.  It’s orange!

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“Yeah, we can make his favorite food. He loves crickets!”

On Wednesday’s at CCPCS, children participate in Service, which can range from cleaning their classroom to working on service projects throughout the school.  Every week, I pick up one “Glitter Grabber” from each Pre-K classroom and we work on cleaning smocks, palettes, tables, chairs, etc.  in the Studio.

Today, once the Studio was sparkling again, Maia asked if she could continue drawing on a pumpkin that she wanted to give to Mister Skinny Legs.  She started this project the other day and was overjoyed that the rest of the Glitter Grabbers wanted to help out as well!

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Maia: Can we decorate the pumpkin for Mister Skinny Legs?  We could draw things that he would like.

Elijah: Let’s draw bugs for him.

Nneka: And crickets!

Maia: Yeah, we can make his favorite food.  He loves crickets!

William: How do we know how to draw a cricket?  Can we look at the crickets?

Maia: Yeah, then we know how they look.  Don’t forget to draw the food.  The food looks like circles and lines.

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Elijah: I like crickets.  I want to see them hop.  I’ve seen them do it at recess.

William: What do they eat anyways?  It looks like watermelon.

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Elijah: It smells like oranges.

Maia: Yeah, stinky orange.  Hey guys, are you going to help me with this pumpkin or not?  We have to color the whole thing.

Nneka: I’ll make a fly.

Elijah: I’ll make the zombie crickets.

William: Yeah, let’s make zombie crickets because some of the crickets are dead.

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“That’s Madrid kicking to score!”

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This week in the Studio, art groups have been shuffled to create new groups based on specific interests. In the Honeybee room, there has been a continuous interest in soccer amongst many children throughout the year. The Studio seemed like the perfect setting to dive into soccer a little further!

To give friends a clue about what we were going to be working on, I began by reading Madlenka Soccer Star by Peter Sis. This book is great… full of beautiful illustrations and soccer terminology that we found helpful. Before even reading the title, there was a buzz amongst the group about soccer. When I shared that we were going to start a long term project about soccer, there was cheering, a little screaming and lot’s of jumping around… sorry for the noise, Ms.Lauchlan and Mr.Duque!

Next, friends got to work on a plan and discussed what to work on first.

Braeden: Let’s make a soccer field!
Edwin: And a net to make a goal. A real net like in the book.
Abdoul: And then we yell, “GOOOOOAL!”
Beamlak: We could make a game in a box with a marble.
Braeden: Maybe we can make soccer balls and drop them in and deliver them to people.
Ezekiel: We need soccer teams.
Edwin: We can deliver the shoes.
Braeden: Are they called soccer pleats or soccer cleats?
Abdoul: Our players need numbers!

This video shows Edwin, Braeden and Beamlak working at the table on the field, the player positions and the logistics of making a soccer stadium. At the white board, Abdoul and Ezekiel are illustrating their own soccer games with two teams… Madrid vs. Barcelona!