Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace ~Mary Sarton
On Monday and Tuesday I put out different coloring sheets of children acting in kind ways–raking leaves, doing the dishes, comforting someone who has been hurt, taking care of a pet, etc. Then at circle time each child talked about what was happening in their picture and how that portrayed a kind act.
On Wednesday and Thursday I put out lots of small heart shapes that I had cut out of white drawing paper. I also put dollops of pink, red and purple paint onto the small plastic lids that I often use as make-shift pallets. I let the children use their fingers to paint the hearts. They could take the hearts home that they painted and when they saw someone doing a kind act, the child could give that person a heart. Continue reading
My intention this month was to focus on the artist Brian Kershisnik, but “the best laid plans of mice and men go oft astray”. Although one of the art projects was in part inspired by a Kershisnik painting, “Pruners”, have I talked about Brian Kershisnik, or showed the children any of his artwork? No. Sigh… Luckily, there is always next week! And I think that is the wonderful thing about life, there is always a new day and a new opportunity to be just a little bit better.
It is September and time to begin a new preschool school year. This past summer I thought a lot about what our theme should be for the year and finally settled on “Through The Year With The Alphabet and Artists” because I would be able to combine three things that I love: nature, words and art! Continue reading