“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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“Is that an octopus in the cage? He a spider? He gonna eat us!”

It was a very busy week and a half, as friends have started coming to the Pre-K Art Studio for art groups!  For children that were Pre-K 3’s last year, they acted as real leaders in showing new children around the Studio.  We spent some time noticing, wondering and asking questions about different spaces and materials that children observed in the new space.  Children that are new to CCPCS this year were very curious about the tarantula, Mister Skinny Legs, that lives in the Studio.  Friends that learned about spiders last year, and were a part of the naming process, helped introduce him (from the safety and comfort of his tank) to other children, and let them know that there wasn’t anything to be scared of!

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Greyson: There’s a spider that has hair on him. He’s brown and orange.

Dafnee: I love your board and your lamp!

Claire: Why is there a classroom right next to yours?

Christian: I hear kids next door saying, “I have a block.”  I bet they are building.

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Siah: The spider is moving. I think he likes your story!

Siena: It’s a little room… that’s so funny!

Nneka: Wow! Look at this place… it’s so cool!

Amen: The sink makes a noise.  A really loud noise.

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Luke: This is the most awesomest room ever!

Esther: I’m scared the spider will get out of the cage and come to us.

Amen: Is that an octopus in the cage? He a spider? He gonna eat us!

Florentina: We get to go back to the back table when were done and the back table is always so fun!

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“I wish I was a spider so I could eat a cricket!”

Pre-K kicked off our Expedition on Spiders a couple weeks ago, and we now have four types of spiders in the Pre-K program!  Children have been fascinated with observing and illustrating the spiders, and I’m still finding myself surprised that many of them think they are “cute” and not somewhat “scary.”

When we were picking out spiders, I wanted to look for a spider that had very distinct marks on it’s body for children to observe and illustrate.  Mr.White suggested the Mexican Red Knee tarantula because of his orange and black stripes.

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Jose: He’s orange and black.  He happy.

Adrian: I notice he have stripes.

Christian: He’s orange and black and has long legs.  He’s cute.

Sylvie: I can see his heart.  When you draw, you discover more about him.

Kofi: He’s lazy, he’s not moving.

Asiah: He looks so pretty.  The legs are big and I see his face… hello!

Laniyah: Welcome to DC, spider!

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Friends had many questions about our new friend.

Vivian: Does the spider go to school?  Does the spider have teachers in the cage?

Alberto: Is he from Mexico?

Andres: He looks cozy.  Can we let him out to play ball with us?

We realized that our spider needed a name!  Every friend gave a suggestion, and children voted in their classes.  There were so many fabulous suggestions… it was very hard to choose!  The front runners were Lazy, Wiggles, Sally and Mister Skinny Legs and after a vote… Mister Skinny Legs was the clear winner!

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Christian: He’s really scary.  He’s gonna eat my brain, but not teachers brains.  I think I hear him talking to us.

Claire: I wish I was a spider so I could eat a cricket.  I wonder if he wants to eat us because our class is called the crickets?

Amberly: Come out spider, we’re all friends at Capital City!

Kofi: Mister Skinny Legs is a Mister, so that means he’s married to another spider.  I know, he’s married to Ms.Bergie and now he’s hiding because he doesn’t want her to kiss him… ew!

Mouhammadou: Spiders don’t get married because they don’t have the right clothes.  The daddy spider don’t have a suit and the mommy spider don’t have a dress.

Andres: When I grow up, I want to be a spider!  They so cute.

William: He has big eyes to see his prey.

Zavier: The spider is too big it might scare ladies.

Rayyan: You look awesome, Mister Skinny Legs!

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Mae: I think the spider would like it if I played music for him!

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