Thursday, September 12, 2013

Lines for Kindergarten and 1st Grade

At the beginning of the school year, we start by exploring one of the most basic art elements: LINE!  We have been drawing, painting, and cutting lines of all kinds.  These activities will provide us with a great foundation for the other projects we do this year.  Here is a glimpse of some Kindergarten and 1st grade line activities.
Kindergarten used oil pastel to make various lines on big paper.

We even made lines with clay!  We turned clay coils into straight lines, curved, zig-zag, and more!  What great fine motor practice for little fingers.

After we drew lines with oil pastel, we got to practice our painting skills with watercolor tempera paint.

We LOVED painting for the first time!
Great job, Kindergarten!!
1st grade also got more painting practice.  We drew many different lines with crayon, and then painted each space between the lines a different color with watercolor paint.


1st grade also took lines to the 3rd dimension!  We had so much fun making these 3-D line sculptures.

Building a sculpture develops creativity, problem solving, and perseverance.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Virtual Parent Orientation

As we are beginning the new school year, I want to make sure you have had the opportunity to view our classroom’s Virtual Parent Orientation.  The link for the "What's so Special About Specials?" orientation can be found right here on my blog!


This year most elementary schools in Park Hill decided to try a “Virtual” Parent Orientation approach due to the significant decline in parent attendance maintaining an average of 60% attendance at English Landing during the past three years. Before English Landing transitioned to this “Virtual” Parent Orientation approach, the English Landing Leadership Team facilitated two focus group meetings with PTA Executive Board members and spent much time in Leadership Team meetings preparing for this change collaboratively. 


At the end of September we are excited to host a Mighty Math Week, so parents will have the opportunity to join their child for a math lesson in the classroom on September 30, October 1 or October 2.  Then on October 3 from 6:30-7:30pm, parents and their child are invited to come back to EL to participate in a math lesson if they were unable to attend the regular math lesson during the day.  Hopefully this event will give parents another reason to visit English     Landing and spend time with their child in an academic setting.


Please let me know if you have any questions.