Tag Archives: kinder

a wish for my students on their last day.

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“there is nothing wrong with loving the crap out of everything.

negative people find their walls.

so never apologize for your enthusiasm.

never.ever.ever.

-ryan adams

 

may you all live like this forever. and ever. and ever.

love, your teacher

(who lives like this too)

weave.

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kinder weaving and learning

making patterns

strengthening

 knotting

stretching

pulling

fine motor work

color blending

open-ended

each person giving something

one dancing ballet as others wove

collaborating to create something new

feeling the value and joy of public art.

“in the tapestry of life, we’re all connected.

each one of us is a gift to those around us helping each other be who we are,

weaving a perfect picture together.”

-anita mooriani

clay.

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the kinder have been exploring the world of clay and water

seeing the more they have it in their hands

the warmer and softer it gets

the easier it is to create things

everything is possible.

one of them even took

this wonderful picture of his clay.

 

“i thought clay must feel happy in the good potter’s hand.”

-janet fitch

mud-soaked.

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finding the mud was such a delight

starting out slow

checking how deep it was with a stick

walking, then running, then jumping, then splashing

only one ‘quicksand’ victim who we unstuck

boots dumped out after

filled with water dirt wood chips, rocks, sticks and unknown mushy things

ending with

a pair of mud-soaked socks

drying in the sun

and so much tired fun.

” mud is the most poetical thing in the world.”

-reginald horace blyth

 

into the universe.

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heading out on a rainy day

to explore, discover things, and learn

in the much larger classroom of the universe. 

 

“the universe is a great university.”

-sai baba

a gift.

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when someone in our class

got injured while playing outside

the kinder quickly sprang into action

creating art and cards for their friend

23 pieces of art from 14 children

given to her to know she was cared about

 a quiet smile was her gift back to them. 

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“making art is like giving a gift: evidence of your spirit and that you are here.”

– paddy mitchell

learning is creation.

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“what does our word say?!!”

(two kinder working together in my multi-age classroom, one older, one younger)

 

“learning is creation, not consumption. 

knowledge is not something a learner absorbs,

but something a learner creates.”

-george couros