Friday, December 2, 2016

December, 2016

This month, our school is focused on embracing the winter holidays around the world and investigating the seasons.

Pre-K 103 is creating soft sculpture, self-portrait dolls. The students will choose clothing for their dolls based on the season in which they were born. We are using loose parts to create eyes, hair, clothing, etc. The students will then use the dolls as a prop to write stories.

Pre-K 101 is investigating holidays around the world. We will be creating Three Kings dolls, dreidels and symbols of other winter holidays, such as Christmas and Kwanzaa.

All three kindergartens are studying what we see in the seasons. The students read a Journeys story about the change of seasons and we're using images from the book as observational drawing inspiration to create acrylic paintings for the classroom windows.

First grade is continuing their investigation of heritage and identity through their personal coat of arms.

Second grade is working on symbols. In the atelier, we are looking at holidays around the world and creating small paintings to share the symbols with the school during our door decorating contest in the  month of December.

November, 2016

November was full of project-based learning with the theme of Discovering Puerto Rico.

In Pre-K 103, we created bats out of leather and then created a bat cave for them. We pretended to be bats and told stories about bats. The students created a list of facts about bats, which they used to write their stories. Why bats? Bats are the only indigenous mammal in Puerto Rico.

In Pre-K 101, we learned about how families have fun in Puerto Rico. We created a beach landscape and a landscape of the bioluminescent bay. The students made kayaks and dolls to show families having fun in the water. They used the landscapes to tell stories about the subject.

In K 104 and 106, the students were studying animals, so we researched animals from Puerto Rico and the children made masks of the animal they were most interested in. They drew the animal, too.

In K 102, the students read a Puerto Rican story about a bug who plays musical instruments. The instruments were all used in traditional Puerto Rican music. The children retold the story and created mosaics of the instruments.

In first grade 118, the students completed research and drawings on the Coqui frog. In 120 and 122, the students created flags of their heritage with their parents as an interactive activity, which will be used as part of a Coat of Arms project in December.

In second grade, 116 studied the ways water is used in Puerto Rico and 118 studied the geography of Puerto Rico with a focus on the trees. We created huge models of some of the trees in the entrance of the building. The students created observational drawings and mixed media artwork based on the trees we chose to research- la ceiba, the flamboyan, the palm tree and the mangrove tree. In 116, the students created a display and book to teach people about the ways water is used in Puerto Rico.