Eric Carle, Music, playdough and painting

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It was a super packed morning. We had three friends over – twin girls the same age as Sid and Nish, and another friend who is 5. We started our day with some fun music and movement using the guitar and a bunch of instruments…the tambourine, drums, rattles, maracas and some bells. Played a ton of easy animal songs using just the pentatonic scale. Very easy to play – basic major chords, predominantly A, C, D, G and F. The tunes were all ones that the kids were already familiar with it and they totally enjoyed accompanying me on the guitar and bouncing around the room at the same time. Most songs we sang involved movement so it was great and it also helped channel some of the excess energy that they all brought with them. Then we all sat down and read Brown Bear by Eric Carle. All the kids were familiar with the book but they enjoyed it. We did animal sounds, guessed what animal would appear on the following page, discussed favorite colors. 

Then we took a little break for some OJ while i set up an art station for them. 

We regrouped after juice and started with looking at some of Eric Carle’s art and illustrations. I pointed out how he has used different painting techniques and textures and then collages to create his illustrations. We gave the kids paper, paints, brushes, sponges, plastic forks, rollers and stamps to create their own textured art. we used chart paper / card paper because for this age group i felt like tissue paper was not likely to work. 

 The next step is a collage based on this…will post pictures tomorrow. 

 The kids all had a super time and my five year old friend left announcing that this was the best “class” he had ever attended!

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Mom - a word that defines me... I smell of oats, johnson's and home baked cookies I am pink, purple, green and orange and so is the floor my kids color on. Flour on my clothes and a brush in my pocket, my glasses bent out of shape and smudged with tiny fingerprints. I can't remember the date but i know almost 40 pictures books by heart. I wake up humming 'wheels on the bus'and i talk with my fingers and eyes and mouth. My bag carries band aids, napkins, wipes, crayons, papers, candy and sometimes my wallet. I know all the parks and very few of the restaurants in my neighborhood. Most of my shopping is diapers, books and paints My phd certificate lies in a roll, the frame now contains an abstract work of art by two year olds and i am prouder of that piece of paper. mom - a word that defines me!

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