Wednesday, August 25, 2010

3D Art

Each day I feeling us getting in our routines a little more. I totally take back any conclusions I jumped to on our first day! :) Just kidding around... I know it takes everyone a while to get in the groove - including me ! Our day was almost normal today and I loved it. BUSY BUSY BUSY - but normal. If you go in a classroom of 3 and 4 year olds that is not buzzing with excitement , you might want to hang around for a while and see what is going on. A classroom that is child centered is usually not very quiet and slow paced. ( Especially with the number of children we have here ! ) A preschool classroom that is not child centered - in my humble opinion - is not age appropriate. :)

" Preschool children want to touch, taste, smell, hear, and test things for themselves. They are eager to learn. They learn by experiencing and by doing. Preschoolers learn from their play. They are busy developing skills, using language, and struggling to gain inner control."

Today I introduced more things in our art center. We looked at how to use recyclable things to build " stuff." The younger group decided to make a robot and that is what you see in the picture. We talked about how to get the " loose parts" to stick together. Would glue work or would we need tape? William said he wanted the mouth to be a rectangle ( great knowledge early in the game William! ) and we talked about how we could make the mouth a rectangle that would stick to the milk carton. And also, can we glue the paper towel tube on the box ? Will it stay?

This whole activity is about the PROCESS , not the product.

We had to think....
We had to talk...
We had to work together....
We had to make mistakes to figure it out....


  1. Awesome robot! Rosanna told me she had painted on the easel and that she wore a "coat". She also told me what she had painted and what you said about it. I was so exited to hear her telling me all the details. She is enjoying it so much. Thanks Debbie for your hard work!!

  2. Great process (and a pretty great product, too!). Your last statements sum up what preschool learning is all about...thinking, talking, working together, making mistakes, figuring it out. These guys are off to a great start!

    (And I love anything that uses colored tape!)

  3. Great post - I have been contemplated how to incorporate this more myself. I'm so glad you are back! I have missed you this summer!