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Seeing the world through children's art

Posted on April 12, 2009

by Dr. Edna Hussey on April 12, 2009

Three budding artists were recognized for their artwork, selected from a field of several hundred pieces from students in various public and private schools in the Nu`uanu - Kalihi - Manoa District. Kindergartners Darian K. and Summer C. and second grader Irie C. were honored this past Saturday at an awards ceremony sponsored by the Mokichi Okada Association (MOA). Okada's goal was to promote a deep, aesthetic appreciation for the natural beauty of the world and the cultural arts.  He believed that the Children's Art Exhibition would help people cultivate sensitivity to visual arts.  This is MOA's 21st annual children's painting contest, which gathers the best artwork from children in 12 countries and displays the pieces in the Museum of Art in Japan.  The work of our three students will be displayed for a year at the Linekona Art Academy.  The "best in show" will be sent to Japan to be displayed in the Museum of Art. The website address for the MOA Museum of Art is Congratulations to our art specialists, Jordan Guillory and Jill Johnson, who teach our children to think about the world using the language of art.

The `Ohana sponsored a worthwhile parent education session last week featuring Gwen Fujie on "Tongue Fu," an awareness program to improve communication, in this case, with your children, though the principles apply to other settings, such as in the workplace. For example, the use of the word but can negate anything that preceded it -- I like how you pitched the ball but you need to focus more.  .  . . or You write well but you always write about the same topic.  Ms. Fujie suggests replacing but with and -- I like how you pitched the ball and next time you can give it more focus, or You write well and next time you could try a different topic.  Or the word problem sets up a negative tone.  Instead of using the word problem, as in What's your problem?, say instead, How may I help you? or I'm concerned about . . . .  You can go to Ms. Fujie's website for more  information:

Now that all the Easter eggs have been accounted for and chocolate bunnies consumed (thank you, parents, for organizing many Easter activities in the classrooms), we are moving forward on curriculum and instruction. Several of the teachers' classroom blogs explain where the children are in their class' inquiry process. If you have the time, read other classroom teachers' pages so that you can develop a good sense of the quality of learning our students are experiencing, beginning in preschool and kindergarten.  Check out the specialists' pages as well. It's worth reiterating that music, physical education, art, and character education are equally important to reading, writing, and mathematics. Our belief is that development in all areas -- cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual -- is necessary for a child's growth.  Just take a good look at your own child.

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey