Our very well cared for gardens have been repaying us with a bounty of flowers, vegetables and fruits. The children have just noticed in the past week that the raspberry bush finally has ripe fruit on it! They have been exploring the bramble, reaching up high, crawling down low-and using some cooperative tactics to pick these beautiful berries. I would say that they might be berry obsessed with the raspberries and our healthy blueberry bush.
All of the berry worship got me thinking that it might be fun to pay homage to the fruit brambles, via representation on paint and paper. After a few good reads of one of our crowd favorites, Jamberry by Bruce Degen, a group of children and I got to painting. Here are the colorful results!
Many children started their day today gathered around a fun painting provocation. We dipped marbles in a variety of paint colors, dropped them in a box with a sheet of strong paper, closed it up, and shooooooooook!
The box was wide enough that it called the children to move their entire bodies as they shook it vigorously. The children watching all shook their bodies along with the active painter singing, “Shake, shake, what’s it gonna make? Shake, shake, what’s it gonna make?!”. Continue reading
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“No pants!” Lucy said, as she spread orange paint all over her body. “I want some more [paint]!”
A few weeks ago at lunch time NCC turned to me and said, “The leaves are turning yellow by now…” I said, “Ooo, yes, fall is here!” but I was thinking, “Surely the leaves are not yellow yet?…” But sure enough as I drove home that day, I saw many yellow leaves in all the trees. How could I have not noticed?! I wondered if all the children were noticing these changes already like NCC? Here are some of the things we have done in the past couple of weeks to notice and study the beauty of fall.
We brought cameras available for children to use on a walk to take photos of signs of fall time. Here some of their photographs-
Photographs by children on walks and in commons
We have also started collecting leaves on walks and in the commons to draw, paint pictures of, paint on and other explorations
Today Katie did a leaf rubbing exploration during explore time. They used oil pastels and watercolor Continue reading