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3-Day: We are the Artists!

This week in 3-Day, we talked about artists. Children learned, through a variety of cooperative activities, stories, and special visitors, that there is an artist inside all of us. It starts by just making a mark! We discussed how an artist can paint, sculpt, and build to create art; so, we painted, sculpted and built together!

Your children worked, this week, on a collaborative piece of art. We made our own version of Monet's Water Lilies. We painted our background many different shades of blue and green and the children learned that if we add white to our paint it becomes lighter and lighter.

On Wednesday, we created the flowers for our painting. Each child used paint and sponges to create shades of green lily pads. We used tiny eye droppers with beautiful hues of pinks, purples and yellows on coffee filters and paper towels to make the flowers. You will see our beautiful piece of artwork hanging in the hallway outside our classroom. It's really beautiful!!!

Also on Wednesday, the sun was shining and it felt almost like spring. We were a little wiggly for Steve during music class. He did a great job adapting to our energy level and worked hard to hear all the exciting news we had to share with him (that had nothing to do with music, of course!). We made sure our Lunch Bunch got some much needed time on the playground. The children were excited to be joined by 5-Day for part of our play. We hope to overlap as much as possible on Wednesdays for the rest of the year.

On Friday, we talked about color mixing. We read some wonderful stories about this to compliment our artist week: Color Dance, Little Blue and Little Yellow, Camille and the Sunflowers, and more! The children also mixed little round balls of yellow and blue playdoh to make green! We talked about painting at our easel and how the red paint and yellow paint overlap on the paper to make orange. We also introduced the children to the world of Van Gogh and still life, and we asked them to paint a vase full of beautiful daffodils in shades of yellow and green. We compared our pieces to Van Gogh's Sunflowers. The children were so very proud of their work!!!

Next week, we will have some very exciting additions to our classroom. We haven't told the children yet and are eagerly awaiting their reactions! Caroline and I have been incubating some fertile chicken eggs and we plan to bring them in to our 3-Day Bowen Farm. The children will (hopefully) be able to see our baby chicks hatch during the first week of April. We will talk about the life cycle of the chick, lots of farm animals, planting and farming, and the season of spring over the next few weeks.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend and look forward to seeing you next week!

Karen and Caroline

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