Beautiful Junk!


Beautiful Junk!

Thank you for the Beautiful Junk that you have shared with us! Friends have already begun working with these found materials in the Pre-K Art Studio and in their classrooms. Over the last week, art groups focused on familiarizing themselves with the materials that are now available to them and sorted the materials into different categories. Materials will now be easier to find and when families have more Beautiful Junk to share, they will know exactly where to put the materials! Thanks again for sharing all of your Beautiful Junk with us!

Do you ever wonder what birds pack for vacation?


Do you ever wonder what birds pack for vacation?

There were new materials available at the light table today that excited many children… especially Wallace and Georgi!

Georgi: We have to pack everything up for the birds. They are going on vacation!
Wallace: Baby bird, we’re going away on vacation… I’ll pack your bags for you.
Georgi: Hurry, we need to pack or the bird plane will leave without us.
Wallace: Where are they going again?
Georgi: California! Birds love California. And you need lots of bags to go to California.
Wallace: They have their food, their baby bird clothes and some baby bird toys.
Georgi: They need their pajamas! Oh… bird pajamas with birds!
Wallace: Hurry, hurry, the plane is going to leave! Get the bags!

“Tinkerbell floated over the wall to Ms.Lauchlan’s Room!”


Today was a wet, cold and dark day, which made for the perfect kind of day to continue to introduce the light table. Friends worked together creating an elaborate scene at the light table with a very imaginative story. This really brightened up my day rainy day!

Cole: It looks like Tinkerbell is trapped in here. She’s glowing on the light table!
Elias: This is the Wonderworld.
Cole: She’s stuck in the crystals. She doesn’t want to grow up.
Leah: Can we get her out?
Cole: She’s twirling. She’s so dizzy. But she’s still swirling.
Elias: Here’s a tower slide for fairies.
Cole: Tinkerbell’s friend is Silverness. Tinkerbell is at the top of the tower… she’s scared.
Elias: All my Tinkerbell’s are scared at the top!
Cole: All the Tinkerbell’s are in the yellow rectangles. Sometimes in the blue squares, too.
Leah: Tinkerbell’s stuck in this one now!
Cole: We need to get her out. The elevator was a nice elevator and got her out of the cube. The mean elevator just took her back and tricked her and took her back. She fell all the way to the bottom of the cube.
Elias: I got her!
Cole: Now I got her and she’s plop in a bubble. She’s floating away, it’s a magic bubble.
Leah: She could live in the bubble. She’s in there a long, long time. When all the people leave from Capital City, Tinkerbell will be like, “where did all the kids go?”
Cole: Someone will go inside the art room and find out she’s in the bubble. They can’t reach her because she’s all the way at the art room ceiling! No one can pop the bubble… she’s gonna be with Ms.Cushner all night living in the art room!
Leah: It’s spooky here at night. I think she would be scared. There might be vampires.
Cole: Or zombies. It came for Tinkerbell but he couldn’t get her. She’s in a crystal now… it’s green. Her wings are trapped in another crystal. She can’t fly, she’s just hopping and rocking all around. She’s gone, she floated over the wall to Ms.Lauchlans room!
Leah: Let her out of the bubble!
Cole: Silverness is back! I put her in the bubble with Tinkerbell. All the friends. Now she’s in a swirl.
Elias: I popped the swirl… she’s free!

“The Government shutdown” on the light table!


Today was a very exciting day in the Pre-K Studio because we introduced the light table! It was the perfect kind of day for this activity because it was dark from the looming storm and children were well rested from the weekend.

During my first group of the day, children began by designing a train track in the city. It quickly turned from just a train track to the DC metro and the government shutdown. Here is how the experience unfolded…

Kofi: Hey guys, lets make a train.
Ezekiel: We can make a house train. Or the DC metro!
Kofi: Ok now guys, oh no, don’t knock the train track. That road is blocked off from the government shutdown.
Ezekiel: Where can the train go?
Kofi: The train can take this route. It will go this way because we blocked off this whole road for the government shutdown.
Ezekiel: What do we do?
Kofi: I don’t care if it’s blocked off… I’ll just smash it. I don’t like the government shutdown, sorry dudettes. I’m not listening to the government shutdown, my train has to keep going.
Ezekiel: Chugga chugga, choo choo!

Happy Monday!

“There’s a rainbow on me, there’s a rainbow on you!”


During an Art Group today, Daniel noticed a rainbow moving from the table to the floor. He began holding up different materials and asking friends to stand in front of the table to observe the colors. After a few minutes of friends squealing with excitement, Daniel noticed that the rainbow was coming from the stained glass window! Friends took turns facing the window while other’s noticed the colors and patterns being projected onto them.

Edwin studying his reflection for his self portrait


Edwin studying his reflection for his self portrait

As we are learning about our new space, we are also learning more about ourselves! We began by reading The Colors of Us by Karen Katz and sharing about what makes us unique and special. Next, children had fun observing themselves in the mirror and began their self- portraits with colored pencils and crayons. These self-portraits will be part of Pre-K portfolios that we will continue to work on over the course of the year!

Welcome to the Pre-K Art Studio!


Welcome to the Pre-K Art Studio!

Art groups are in full swing in the Pre-K Art Studio! We are continuing to explore new art materials and processes, while also learning about the new space. Friends that are new to Capital City have noticed and wondered about many materials that are in the Studio, and friends that were at Capital City last year have discovered that we have some new materials in the Studio as well! The most exciting addition to the Studio is our new sink! Friends that were here last year shared with new friends all about why this was so exciting and the most common answer was… “No more washing our hands in buckets!”