April 30 – May 5, 2012

As we enter the homestretch of term 3 we are looking back over what we’ve done and what we still have to accomplish. This week we had our regular fun stuff and a great outing, then to cap it all off an artistic splatter art birthday party followed by family jam session. What a week!

This week E did dimensional art in her Monday art class. We discussed the term dimensional and were able to tie it in to a re-enforcement lesson on 2D versus 3D shapes. She went on a scavenger hunt to find a variety of shapes in our house and then correctly identified each shape using proper vocabulary such as cube, sphere, cone, cylinder and then learned a new one: rectangular prism.

On Tuesday E had floor hockey in PE and continued more with art as she created a collage illustration for her creative writing project.

ImageOn Wednesday E attended her morning playtime followed by swimming lessons and recreations swim time after.  We went to the library after swimming to pick out new books for the week and discussed some of our criteria for book selection. E chose based on cover illustrations and titles that sounded interesting. I also had her pick 3 books that she felt she could read to her brother so her criteria for those books was choosing a topic of interest to her brother and the quantity of text. We had an extended family dinner that evening that involved lots of outdoor play and trampoline time with some family friends.

Thursday began with an early morning dental appointment followed by face-to-face day at school. E is having some major dental work done this month so dental hygiene has been an important topic at home. E has learned about brushing for 2 minutes, flossing, drinking water or milk instead of juice, and limiting how and when we eat sweets. This has extended into conversations about healthy food and healthy body choices. E is realizing that not all things that taste good or feel good are not always good for our bodies.

Friday was a locally organized home-school field trip to what is rapidly becoming our favourite community museum. A special instructor came in to teach about bugs found in our province. The class started with maps of our country and province and E identified both very quickly without prompting.

ImageAfter a brief information and discussion session the children were led into the art room where they were able to learn print making and creating print transfers of bugs. First they engraved their image onto a piece of foam:


Next, they covered the foam with ink:


Last step was transferring the image to a piece of colourful paper:

ImageAnd voila! The finished product:


Saturday we attended a spring carnival with many fun games and prizes. E enjoyed panning for gold at one station and also practised some hand-eye co-ordination with throwing darts, bean bag toss and ring toss games. We then spent our afternoon at an SPLATTER paint birthday party at local art school/ studio. The instructor showed the children a painting by Jackson Pollock and then taught them to use different techniques and tools to splatter paint on their canvases. (photo to come soon)


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