Wow. I can’t believe it’s been almost two months since my last Nanny Blog Post. Time flies.
We’ve been having a great time in the last two months. Turtle turned 4. Froggy turns 2 tomorrow. They are both super adorable and super fun to watch learn and grow.
This year, I’ve decided that instead of a letter each week, we would work in themes. That way I can incorporate organic learning for the two very distinct and different stages. We can focus on art, literature, science and math with Turtle while also working with colors, shapes and sensory learning with Froggy.
I’ve also been reminded of something I learned in a Early Childhood class I took called Creative Activities. Focus on the process, not the outcome. So many times I get caught up in a project and what I want them to take from it that has to do with what I’m teaching them that week, and I forget that it doesn’t matter what it looks like, and it doesn’t matter that it doesn’t photograph well for the blog, it only matters what they take from it and what it meant to them to create.
I’ll try to remember that more this year. And also, with that in mind, the first few weeks of the school year we spent a lot of time experimenting with paint. Different ways to use it, different things to use it on, and different things to create. It was FANTASTIC!
Egg Shell Painting
I laid the canvas on a already ruined sheet and laid it on the driveway because I wasn’t sure how “washable” the washable paint was. Turns out, it was pretty washable (good thing as I hadn’t taken into account the splatter our ankles would receive.) Next time I might try having the canvas standing up so we can have the paint run down for a different effect. This is definitely an outdoor project.
Was inspired for this project by the blog Growing a Jeweled Rose.
Ice Cube Painting
This was a great end of summer, early fall project, but it’s a very fast project. The paint began to melt at a very rapid pace. It was still fun to play with, it was just less different-new and more messy-gross. But still… fun.
I was inspired for this project by Learn~Play~Imagine.
We went on a nature walk and gathered:
The inspiration for this project came from memories of my childhood. My sister, our neighborhood friends and I would paint rocks and go door to door to sell them to our neighbors. They would feel obligated to buy them because before we came up with the rock idea, we made our money by picking the flowers in their yard and then trying to sell them back to them in a pretty bouquet. The rocks were much better received.
As for the inspiration for the use of all the different techniques? That was all Turtle. <3
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