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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Fall Print Making

This Fall we have been exploring printmaking in many different forms from hand prints, to negative space leaf prints with marble painting, to leaf prints and apple fabric paint prints.  In addition we have printed with bubble wrap, thread spools, sponges,and there will be more to come.  Here are our leaf and apple prints. 

The kindergartners have done apple prints on paper before, so I thought it would be nice if they had the opportunity to print on a piece of fabric.

The results were very pretty, but the children had the most fun when we took out the sewing machine for them to sew their prints onto a Fall Bunting Banner.

I love our little sewing machine.  It is a travel sewing machine that was given to the school as a gift from my mother.  What I love about this machine as opposed to the kid sewing machine you can find at a store like Micheal's, is that it has a bobbin, so the children are doing more than just a base stitch.  My mother purchased this machine at Walgreen's of all places, and I think it was $20.00.  It is wonderful!

The children were a little hesitant at first, but then they really became skilled at using the machine, just make sure they do not have the foot on the pedal if you have to adjust something, I learned the hard way...Ouch!  

Leaf Prints
Every year I post pictures of the children doing leaf prints at school.  I just really like this project, and the way the children respond to it.


A display of some of the different prints in the hallway.  I love when the children come in and find their hand print and high five it.  The display changes through the year, but the hands will always be there.

Revisiting Fire Safety Week

My last post was about the fire fighters coming to the school to teach about fire safety, but we also had them come because playing fire fighter has been so prominent at the school.  
In revisiting the experience of the fire fighters and the fire trucks coming to school, I had conversations with both the younger children and older children on two separate days.  We also looked at the fire trucks we have in the school and they did their own drawings of fire trucks.

Day one of our conversation about the fire fighters and trucks coming to school:
The ages of these children range from 2.5-3.5 years old with 1-4.11 year old

 Danielle:  What is something you liked or remember from when the firefighters came to school?
AC: “Uh, it was outside on the road, I saw a crushed up truck, it had fire trucks at it.”
Danielle: “Is this something you saw after the fire fighters came to school?”
AC: “yeah.”
A very excited OS: “Fire Safety!” “The fire man only uses a hacksaw and ax to chop doors.”

Danielle’s thoughts-(The ax was a very exciting tool the fire fighters brought to school, which elicited a whole new element of play.  The children now run to fires with hoses, hats, and axes.)

NF: “I learned, um, I like Pump trucks.”
OR: “and I like the Ladder Truck.”
JS: “I like green.”
SP: “I like watching fire trucks at the jail.”
Danielle: “Was the jail on fire?”
SP: “No, the fire truck went by really fast.”
EHP: “I’m not scared.”
OS: “I liked the fire fighter and sirens, but they were a little bit loud.”
GG: “I covered my ears.”
Danielle: “Did anyone one want to share any more thoughts about the fire fighters coming to school?”
OS: “um, sitting in them, a fireman stops the fire with their hoses.”
EHP (4.11): “Stop, Drop and Roll!”
GG: “Hoses are in the front, and the fireman shoots the water till the fire is all out.  When the fire is out they put them on the trucks.”
Danielle: “Was there anything else you liked?”
EHP (4.11): “Sitting in the fire truck.  Seeing the ladder all the way up.”
EHP: “I ride in fire truck, I learned fire truck.”
RM: “I was a little scared of the fire trucks.  I was scared because they are really big.”
GG: “I was a little bit scared.”
OS: “I was scared too.”
Danielle: “What scared you?”
OS: “The firefighters, they make the sirens.”
CJ:  "I wasn't scared, I liked them.”
LN: “I liked sitting in the fire trucks.”
GG: “I liked the fire hoses.”

Below are some of the drawing of fire trucks created by the children followed by the conversation the older children had about the visit from the fire fighters.


This is a drawing of fire, I love it!

Conversation with 3-5 year olds:

Danielle:  “Last week was exciting when the fire fighter’s came wasn't it?”
Group: “Yes!!!”
JB: “Yeah, but I only thought about playing with blocks.”
EHP: “I liked going in them. I liked the noise.”
EPB: “Not the honk, it was like HONK!”
Danielle: “Did you like the firefighters?”
EPB: “I wanted to stay with them, cause I wanted to play with them.”
Danielle: “The trucks or the fire fighters?”
EPB: “The fire fighters, I want to play with their fire dogs, um, dalmantis.”
Danielle: “Close, they are called Dalmatians.”
DCF: “I liked the sirens going off and going in the trucks, I wanted to live with them.”
EM:“ I wanted to play with them too.”
MI: “Don’t go under the bed.”
Danielle: “MI, are you talking about if there is a fire, you should never hide under the bed?”
MI: “Yes!”
KS: “If your clothes are on fire, you should stop, drop and roll. I wanted to play with them too, I wanted to play fire cat to the rescue.”
EPB: “I want to play fire kitty too.”
EM: “I want to play too!”
EHP: “Me too.”
DCF: "I want to play fire dog.”

Here is where our conversation dissolved into meows and barks.   There are two major play dynamics happening in the school right now, fire fighters and kitty cats.  It was interesting to see how the interest of one dissolved into the interest of the.