“Scissors are so powerful. They really can’t stop paper!”

Over the past couple of weeks, friends have been practicing with scissors and different types of materials to build the muscles in their hands.  We began by talking about materials that were appropriate to cut with scissors, as well as materials that aren’t ok to cut with scissors.  We also practiced how to use them correctly and safely.

Autumn: Scissors are dangerous for babies.

Diego: My mom, she cut my hair.  Not cut hair in here.

Isabella: Go to like, a hair salon or a beauty salon for a haircut.

Nydelyn: You could cut plastic with scissors.

Eli: I know, you can braid your hair but don’t cut your hair.

Trebor: If you cut your finger it’ll so hurt.

Eden: We could cut fabric and flint.

Drew: We could cut pictures of cars.

Frances: We could cut ribbon!

Samantha: We could cut crabs so we can eat them.

Next, friends practiced cutting paper with assorted shapes and lines provided.  Depending on their age and experience, children snipped around the outside of paper, were able to cut through the paper, or successfully cut out shapes.

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Kwame: Scissors are so powerful.  They really can’t stop paper!

Gionni: We have scissors in our class, that’s why we know how to use them.  We can cut our drawings out.  How can Isaac cut so good when he’s 3?  Good job, Isaac!

Stephanie: I did it.  I’m happy.

Joelle: Good job, Joelle.  I did a good job!

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Bella: I did it!  My first time using scissors!

Jax: If you can’t do it, you just practice.

Aurora: These scissors make a big mess with the paper.

Kimi: Open, shut, open, shut.  You did it, Anders!

Elliott: You could make a truck with these shapes.

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Nydelyn: I’m practicing so I get better.

Mileena: I could make a unicorn with this shape.  I like scissors.  I like cutting things.

Katherine: I cut the diamond!

Leonel: Open, shut, open, shut.  I love cutting them small so they are small like babies.

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After friends practiced with paper, they were invited to cut playdough.  Friends practiced rolling playdough “snakes” and then using dough scissors to cut them.  Friends noticed a difference between cutting paper and cutting playdough right away, as both feel different in your hands.  Children are very excited to finally have scissors available in the Studio and in their classrooms!

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Belen: What? Playdough scissors?

Jax: Cut the snake?  I don’t want him to be dead guys!

Torin: Cutting the playdough feels like snow because it feels squishy.

Brandon: Ouch, poor little snake.  I cut the big snake to make little snakes.

Julissa: It’s so harder to cut playdough.

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Eli: I’m pretending to give the snake a haircut.

Anders: I can roll a snake.  I can roll a ball.  I can cut a ball.  I can cut a snake.

Eva: It’s soft to cut playdough.  Sorry snake, I don’t want to cut you but I’m practicing.

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Elizabeth: Playdough is harder to cut than the paper.

Mateo: The snake broke and now there are two!

Frances: I’m cutting the snake up because he’s poisonous.  I’m cutting you up forever!

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“When is the special guest model coming? Is it your dad?”

Over the past few weeks, Sunflower and Fern groups have been continuing to study the figure in a variety of ways.  Children began by modeling for their peers, who quickly sketched their poses.  The following week, we reviewed figure drawing by reading a book called Louise Loves Art.  Friends immediately made connections between the book and our figure drawing exercises from the previous week.

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Ra’Maya: We did some poses like the kitty.

Luke: Last week we were the models and we were drawing the poses.  I like drawing models very much.

Nneka: The cat is staying like a statue so she can draw him.

Selwyn: The cat is posing like we did on the stage.

Next, I shared with friends that a very special guest was going to come and model for us!  Children were so excited and many had ideas of who the guest was going to be.

Zavier: When is the special guest model coming?  Is it your dad?

Elliott: Is it your mom?  Is your mom coming?

Trebor: Is the cat coming here?

In the future, maybe my parents can stop by to model!  Unfortunately, they couldn’t make it for those days, so Mel the wooden mannequin came by!  I showed friends that Mel could move his body in many ways to create all types of shapes.  Children noticed that he could hold very tricky poses that would have been too hard for us to do.

Mae: I really like Mel.  He’s so cool.  He can touch his toes to his head and put his arms behind his head at the same time.  His legs must hurt after.

Ryan: Mel looks like he’s kicking a soccer ball!

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Zoe: Is Mel short for Melvin?  When you said a model was coming I thought it was going to be your dad.

Justin: He arms look like he an airplane.

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Andres: Wow, you’re the greatest poser, Mel!  You stand so still.  I tickled his feet and I hear him laugh but not move.

Zeina: Mel is doing a pirouette.

 

“Is it a web? It looks like your fingers are swinging through a vine!”

Over the last couple weeks, friends have been learning how to weave in the Studio!  Children began by practicing on paper looms before putting their new skills to the test on the big classroom loom.

What is a loom?

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Daniel: It looks like a guitar.  Or a spider web.

Amaya: Is it a hula skirt?

Sylvie: It’s a stringy thing.  It goes over, under, over, under.

Justin: Is it a web?  It looks like your fingers are swinging through a vine!

Florentina: Is it a door?

Zuri: It’s a loom, I remember it from last year.

Ryler: It looks like part of an octopus.

Chrishelle: It looks like a belt.

Abdoulaye: It’s a guitar, or a cello.

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Kofi: I know how it works.  There are cuts in the paper and the paper zig zags through it.  It looks like a chess board.

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Children that had experience with the loom last year really stepped up as leaders and helped teach their new friends how to weave!

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Phoenix: I remember this… it goes over, under, over, under, through.

Asiah: It’s soft and the yarn makes a pattern.

Logan: It goes “schwoop schwoop” through the yarn.

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“Loom sounds like balloon!”

Friends have really enjoyed learning about the loom and are excited that it will now be a permanent center in the Studio!  About half of Pre-K has used the loom in the first week, and the weaving is becoming more and more beautiful by the day.  Check out the progress over the last week!

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 Demetrius: Whoa, cool… it’s gone!  The string is gone!  There is it, wait, I can’t find it… there it is, surprise!

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Nayahris: It’s so pretty, and beautiful.  It’s like a rainbow.

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 Ty: It’s soft, so soft.  Wow, it’s beautiful!

“Is it a harp?”

Today was the first day that friends were able to work on the new classroom loom!  We began by looking at the loom and making guesses about what we thought the new object in the Studio was.

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 Cole: Is it a harp?

Abdoulaye: It looks like a guitar!

Leah: A fan?

Paris: It feels like a carpet.  Or a blanket.

Next, children practiced weaving on paper looms to get their fingers warmed up… over, under, over, under!  Many friends made patterns on their paper loom and some noticed that they started to look like checker boards.

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 Once children had finished practicing on the paper looms, they worked individually on the classroom loom.  Friends enjoyed selecting colors of yarn and showing their peers what they created.  Throughout November, all children in Pre-K will have a chance to use the loom as it’s now going to be a regular center in the Studio!

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Jaslene weaving her magenta yarn through the loom!

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Betsabe practicing her new weaving skills!

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Emmanuel and Samantha working together at the loom.