“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!

“Why is a pipe cleaner called that?”

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After a long weekend and two snow days, it was exciting to get back into the Studio! We were going to begin new art groups this week, but with so few days, we decided to hold off and work on some collaborative group paintings.

During the third group of the day, friends came into the Studio, which was set up with liquid watercolors, three-dimensional “honeycomb” paper and watercolor pens. While eating snack, Cole looked around and asked… “Why is a pipe cleaner called that?” The question took me by surprise, and friends in the group began offering their thoughts about Cole’s question. We started looking around the Studio for materials that we could explore with pipe cleaners. Before I knew it, we were clearing off the tables and putting painting materials away to make room for straws and pipe cleaners. It was exciting for me to see their enthusiasm and curiosity grow. This video has been edited to show snippets of our day!

“It’s real! My drawing’s there!”

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It’s been a very busy week in the Pre-K Art Studio as we wrap up work before Winter Break. Today, friends inked their Styrofoam stamps and printed them in an edition. Children were so excited to see their drawings transfer to paper and loved mixing different colors of ink with the brayer.

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Michael: I know the drawing will be on the paper. I know I’ll be right!

Leah: Mine looks so handsome.

Cole: It’s real! My drawing’s there!

Abdoulaye: It matches.

Friends noticed that the brayer rolling through ink made different sounds, depending on how fast or slow you rolled it.

Ezekiel: It looks like hair. It sounds like scratching your hair.

Wallace: Sounds like hair is static.

Alberto: It makes a noise like rice. Like dry rice.

Barcelona vs. DC United

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Today, after children finished working on their Styrofoam prints, Edwin and Ezekiel began sculpting a soccer game with play-dough. Here is part of the conversation that led up to the video.

Ezekiel: I’m on the DC United team.
Edwin: You want to, I make you a goalie.
Ezekiel: I’m making the soccer field. We need to make a big goalie, right?
Edwin: Yep. Why you making lots of balls?
Ezekiel: I need to.
Edwin: Cause I look at a soccer game and there was a lot of balls. Let’s make a lot of balls together, right?
Ezekiel: We need 2 goalies, right?
Edwin: We need a lot of balls, right? We saw it on the field. That’s a crazy ball!
Ezekiel: It’s so crazy.
Edwin: I’m Barcelona.
Ezekiel: I’m on DC United. My dad likes them.
Edwin: My daddy likes Barcelona and I like Barcelona. You like DC United?
Ezekiel: Yep, like my dad.
Edwin: Let’s make one hundred thousand five balls at the game.

“The bugs are everywhere!” (A sparkly discovery during Service)

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Every Wednesday at CCPCS, the whole school spends part of the morning doing Service jobs throughout the building. My Service job (The Glitter Grabbers) typically consists of cleaning paint off smocks, tables, chairs, and the wall, as well as sorting work from the week to send home in Thursday Folders. Today, I had some very thorough Glitter Grabbers that chose to stay longer to make sure the Studio was looking as clean as it possibly could! While cleaning smocks, Samantha noticed that the light was reflecting off of her sweatshirt and casting reflections all over the room, including on myself and Alexia. This discovery really made my day!

“It looks like knitting!”

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Yahoo! I finally figured out how to upload videos to the blog! This is a short video of Demetrius finishing up his portion of the group weaving on the classroom loom. Since the loom has been introduced, Demetrius has used it every day after he’s finished with his other work and has loved sharing his new skills with his friends. Enjoy!