Mister Seahorse is a warm and charming story about a Daddy Seahorse who looks after Mrs's Seahorses eggs until they are ready to hatch and then gives birth to them! As he drifts through the sea, he meets all sorts of other male fish who also look after their young until they hatch. This is a wonderfully positive tale for fathers everywhere.
I quite LOVED the odd fish father's role subject of the book. It's so cool to teach kids things they wouldn't normally be exposed to in such a surprising and not obviously educational way. It makes it such a pleasure to learn then learning becomes natural!! WE NEED MORE BOOKS LIKE THIS! Totally recommend for home libraries!!
I didn’t even have to draw a parallel to how our daddies help mummy take care of us... they volunteered that all on their own!
Anyway, for our art we drew our Seahorse on painted paper and cut him out. The children created Watercolour backgrounds in the style of Eric Carle so they used light wavy lines to mimic the ocean currents. They stuck Mr. Seahorse down and decorated him as well.
Happt Father’s Day!
The Doodlebugs painted the Fatel Razack to commemorate Indian Arrival Day. We talked about how many different types of people make up our beautiful rainbow nation... and why and how we all came to live in Trinidad.
They looked at pictures of the real Fatel Razack and then we got down to painting the ocean, sky and the boat on top!
They are painting this ship from a different perspective though... that means we are looking at it from a different point! Take a look at our process and our paintings :)
My Doodlebugs created some sweet little cards this year and although they look simple your darlings had to work really hard to make them! Basket weaving is hard y’all!!
Take a look as they find their rythmn and a very special Happy Mother’s Day to you all!
This precious lesson focuses on a basic line drawing, painting and creating the illusion of space while telling the encouraging story of Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli. The moral of this children’s book is a positive and uplifting one for young children: winning isn’t everything!
They will finish putting all the pieces together and painting the background in an upcoming class!
Our Number 1 Sam pieces are all done and they are as adorable as ever... even if Sam mostly looks like a mouse! 😆🤷🏻♀️
What child isn’t fascinated by machinery and things that move? This term my little artists are going to spend some time examining how these things are made up and how we can use shapes and lines to draw them!
Today’s challenge? A tractor of course! We used our circle tracers to get us started but all my kiddos drew these just by following along step by step from the whiteboard 😊
Inside hulking Horton dwells the soul of a gentle, steadfast caretaker, and Seuss uses the elephant's immensity to make a point about taking care of those more vulnerable than ourselves. Horton is so huge that there are only a few scraps of blue sky showing. In contrast, the dust speck on the pink clover is bitty indeed. (And if their planet is this tiny, how microscopic are the Whos?) Gigantic-eared Horton hears them all along -- perhaps his compassionate soul acts as a cosmic hearing aid?
In any case this book (like all Suess books in my opinion) really appeals to children and they are quick to cheer for the Whos and get stark raving mad at the Kangaroo!
My Doodlebugs then set out to draw and paint Horton complete with our fuzzy ball of clover that holds the entire town of Whoville!
This week the Doodlebugs learnt all about the Fancy Sailor and we all tried to do their signature dance!
This piece involved really working on their fine motor skills and coordination! They were picking up tiny gems and pasting glue and also making accordion pleats!
So so much skill and lots of fun!
I hope everyone has a safe and happy Carnival!
It can be tough being the only funny-looking Monster in Cutesville, but this Monster is not one to hang around and feel sorry for himself, so he’s off – out into the big wide world to look for someone to love him.
He looks high, he looks low and he looks everywhere in-between, but it’s only when he’s just about to give up that he finally finds what he is looking for… a friend to LOVE! This adorable monster teaches a big lesson... that even those who don't look like everyone else deserve to be loved and our monster friend had such a great attitude! He didn't get all mopey... no... he set out to find a friend to appreciate him the way he was!
Take a look as the Doodlebugs draw and paint Monster.
Sailboats make a great subject for art lessons. Their recognizable shape makes it easy to introduce many art techniques.
For this lesson, our primary focus is a line drawing and color wheel exploration. To get started they had to draw out our scene, this means recognizing and making their shapes and getting them all in the right place. Then, the children were given an opportunity to paint shapes with the primary colors. Next came the part that always fills students with wonder: color mixing! They mixed secondary colors to fill in the rest of their artwork. Finally, we added the element of space with a simple horizon line and sun.
Check out their lovely masterpieces!
Based on the book The Honeybee by Kirsten Hall, the Doodlebugs drew a simple honeybee and created a beautiful soft pastel background.
Science & Nature Connection:
We talked about how honeybees are important in nature because they pollinate fruit, vegetables and flowers. They learnt that pollination causes plants to produce seeds, which is a key part of the life cycle of plants.
We also discovered with the help of this delightful book that honeybees live in a hive where there is one queen bee, lots of female worker bees and male bees called drones. The worker bees are the bees that leave the hive to search for pollen and nectar. If you see a honeybee, you don’t have to be afraid. Though the bee has a stinger, she will only use it if she is threatened. She is out looking for food and she is not interested in people!
Be a fly on the wall in our art room! Take a look at what we do, how we do it and the smiles that I get to see week after week :)