We started by looking closely at a variety of seeds with a magnifying glass. Thank you to Sloane for sharing her large and beautiful selection of seeds with us! The children made note of the seeds' details and used graphite pencil to draw these seeds on paper.
We painted our drawings with watercolors. We read the book, A Seed is Sleepy written by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Sylvia Long: "A seed is adventurous...A seed is fruitful...A seed is generous...A seed is thirsty and hungry..." The children labeled their drawings.
After this exercise, the children were asked to pick one seed. We studied the details of this seed with the magnifying glass and created a larger-than-life version of this seed on wood plaque with graphite pencil and tempura paint.
Once we had finished our snack picnic outside, the girls spontaneously attempted to draw the "biggest seeds on earth" with sidewalk chalk.
These drawings weren't that far fetched considering
we did read that one of the largest seeds in the world can weigh up to 40 pounds.
When we returned to the classroom we played with maple seeds, stringing them on embroidery thread to create necklaces. The children also formed maple seeds out of clay.
I thought this class was a beautiful opportunity to celebrate SPRING and I thoroughly enjoyed working with these delightful girls.
I have two more seats available in my class this Saturday, May 9 (2:30-5:30): Parts of a Flower and Georgia O'Keeffe
A four year old celebrated her birthday in the classroom this past weekend with twelve of her friends. The parents hosted snack and greeted parents and their children in the foyer before the painting party began. Once the birthday party participants found their seats in the classroom, the parents were able to walk to the Copper Hen for some well deserved adult time. Over the course of our studio time together, the children painted on canvas, receiving lessons on geography, vegetable identification, composition, color mixing and more. They also painted and assembled their own party hats. We read books and sang songs. When the parents returned 1.5 hours later, we celebrated in the classroom with candles and cupcakes.
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