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!
My Picassos and Warhols are exploring the wondrous art of Klimt so of course my little Doodlebugs are going to get a taste as well! We talked about the main characteristics of Art Nouveau and how Klimt loved to use real gold in this his art work!
They used all the patterns and the metallics characteristic of the man and created some gorgeously shimmering fish!
I decided to do a lesson that puts a fun little spin on all the rain we've been experiencing in the beginning of this lovely rainy season! Of course, the day I decided to do this collage of a cute child decked off in raincoat and boots under an umbrella there was not a cloud in sight! In fact it might have been one of the hottest days ever! LOL
We had fun never the less and the kids got to practice cutting... an activity I have to say the absolutely NEVER get tired of doing! They are always soooo excited to get their hands on a pair of scissors and truth be told, if I think really hard, I remember the feeling!
The inspiration for the actual composition came from a book of the same name and the cover is pictured above.
I got this gorgeously illustrated and colourful book from my subscription to The Little Bookworm and both my children and I enjoyed it so much I knew I had to read it in class! It's a picture book version (with a twist of course) of how Ganesha came to write the epic poem of Hindu literature the Mahabharata.
Reading through the pages of this book gave us the opportunity to talk about lots of things. like Hindu sweets, Hindu Gods and the bright and beautiful colours of India. Take a look as they use collage to recreate an image from the book. Each child hit the pieces to make Ganesha in a little jumble and they had to sort through and put the pieces together to make the complete picture, then they stuck and decorated!
My little Doodlebugs also created their very own sugar skulls! They learnt about the very special El Dia de los Meuertos.. which is a day to remember our loved ones that died. Grandmas and Grandpas and anyone we love. In Mexico families make special food and sweets (like sugar skulls) and of course they talk about their loved ones and sing songs and dance. It's a very colourful and vibrant celebration of life! Check out my sweethearts as they broaden their horizons and paint some not-so-spooky sugar skulls complete with earrings, shades and hats!
Inspired by Cezanne's painting Tulips in a Vase the Doodlebugs followed step by step and drew and painted their own gorgeous floral arrangement! They used watercolour resist techniques to create the cool texture effects and learned a bit about light and shadows!
This was fun to create but it also is just so beautiful! Hooray for my talented little artists!
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 :)