Posted on April 30, 2016
As we are coming to the end of the year, we are working on portfolios, write-ups, reflections, projects, May Day, and I'm sure we could go on and on about our busy-ness! Regardless, I find after 16 years of teaching, my11th at Mid-Pacific, this is always an exciting time of year.
There is so much growth visible to a teacher looking at a childʻs growth from the beginning of the year--physical, mental, emotional -- as well as the child as an inquirer. It is so rewarding as a teacher to witness the growth of each and every child over the year!
School is not yet finished, and we are literally in the throws of our learning and celebrations of our learning. Although it is the process itself that we know is what's very important at the end of the year, we often celebrate their learning with some culminating event of their projects.
A child fills in color in the classʻ collaborative pathway painting.
In preschool, we have begun to prepare to create a mural around the spaces we have visited, their Hawaiian legends and the ideas and theories that the children have developed along the way. To prepare the children to work on the mural, we have introduced a variety of brushes and worked in small groups making collaborative paintings using line, color and shape. They also composed one painting as a whole class around their continued theories around pathways.
Next week they will be working with an amazing Hawaiian artist, Solomon Enos, who is crafting a composition using the ideas from the children.
One group from kindergarten constructs their symbolic piece around the "change" at Kaimana Beach. Below is a close-up view.
The kindergarten is working on culminating sculptures which share their theories and observations of Kaimana Beach. In their small groups, they are sifting through their ideas to bigger ideas and representing them either symbolically or representationally. Simultaneously, the teachers pair the artistic work with a companion book "Voices of Kaimana" that also shares their theories, drawings, quotes and advocacy work around the clean up of invasive algae. It's busy but exciting!