November was a fun filled month for music. Miss Lisa started teaching us some new songs from her CD. The theme this year is Love, Family and Friends. While singing the songs we also focused on using instruments, learning the beat of songs and fun dances!
This month we received our new Music CD from Miss Lisa. This year Miss Lisa is focusing on family and friends in her songs. On this CD are many of the songs we sing in music class. Some of these songs are classics from when you were young and some are familiar tunes with a fun twist on the lyrics to incorporate her theme. Later on this year, Miss Lisa will have a surprise to go along with track 2, Sophie the Yorkie Story.
We started off with track 3 from the CD Boom Boom Ain’t It Great To Be Family. After learning the words, Miss Lisa introduced rhythm and melody to us. Half the class followed the rhythm with rhythm sticks and the other half listened for the melody and danced with scarves when the heard it. Listen to this great song and see if you can identify the parts with your child!
We also learned a short dance to go along with the song as well. Dancing with a partner was so much fun. It was tricky at first to learn the moves, but eventually the moves helped us learn the words of the song better!
Later in the month we started to learn songs that involved movement and an instrument. We had to keep our eyes on Miss Lisa for this one!
We ended our month with learning two different versions of Jingle Bells. One we used bells and the other we played freeze dance with. We also learned Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer with some sweet dance moves. We can’t wait to sing Miss Lisa our songs for our show at the end December.
Week of October 1st:
To begin October and our unit on creating “Colorful Masterpieces”, we read I Don’t Draw I Color by Adam Lehrhaupt and Dr. Seuss’s My Many Colored Days. Both books talk about how important color is in art and how color can convey emotion in our artwork. We learned how color can help
us understand our emotions and shared with each other our favorite colors.
We also talked about how sometimes we feel sad or happy or tired and how we can feel more than one emotion at a time! As a class we shared how we were feeling that morning and then used those colors to create our very own colorful masterpiece!
Week of October 16th: Our third lesson in our unit on “Colorful Masterpieces” began with a discussion about the color wheel and more specifically warm and cool colors. We talked about what a warm and cool color is and looked at examples of famous paintings that were good examples of each, including paintings from Picasso’s Blue Period and Van Gogh’s warm sunflower paintings.
Using lines, we drew and then painted lines onto watercolor paper using only cool colors. It was neat to see how the cool colors mixed together!
Next we traced our hands onto a separate paper and painted them in warm colors. After cutting our hands out the students glued them onto their lined cool color painting. Our end result was truly a masterpiece of warm and cool colors, the little hands making the project all the more special!
Week of October 23rd: In the spirit of it being the week of our Halloween parties we worked on cutting and gluing shapes as well as painting pumpkins to create our own nighttime pumpkin patch!
Week of October 30th: This week we talked about the changing leaves and colors around us when we go outside to play. We used these colors to create a fall tree collage! Practicing our gluing, cutting and drawing skills the students worked hard at creating their final project. We began with gluing the grass and sky using square tissue papers. Then we drew circles on red, orange and yellow papers to cut and glue down for our fall trees. We finished our projects using brown tree trunks and drawing lines on our trees for branches. Such a fun project that involved many of our basic art skills!
Color changing flower:We took white roses and placed them in water with food coloring. The next day the children discovered that the flowers had taken on the color of the food coloring they were placed in: yellow, blue and red. The reason the petals of the roses changed colors was because the food colored water had traveled up the stem and into the petals.
Tabletop hovercraft: We hot glued a bottle cap to an old CD and then blew up a balloon and attached it to the bottle cap. When we slowly opened the bottle cap air flowed out of the balloon creating a cushion of moving air between the CD and the table. This reduced the friction allowing the CD to hover freely over the table.
For the first month of art class, the students learned about primary colors, the color wheel, how we are all unique and using our senses. They also learned about two artists, Piet Mondrian and Henri Matisse. Henri Matisse was a French artist who was known for his use of color and for his paintings. Piet Mondrian was a Dutch abstract artist who had a huge impact on 20th century art.
In September, the students met Ms. Lisa our music teacher, learned the rules for music, and how to use certain instruments. The instruments we learned how to play were rhythm sticks, castanets, and maracas. The students also learned musical terms such as staccato, legato, allegro, andante, and adagio.
In Science this month, students learned the term oxidation and discovered that when you add bleach to something it becomes oxidized, therefore its properties change.
The students experimented with air pressure using a hair dryer and ping pong ball. They discovered that the air from the hair dryer flows around the outside of the ball, so if they positioned the ball carefully, the air flowed evenly around each side making the ball float midair. We also talked about how gravity pulls the ball downward while the pressure below the ball from the moving air forces it upward, meaning that all the forces acting on the ball are balanced and the ball hovers in midair.
The students experienced seeing sound waves using a metal spoon and pan. They also learned that sound waves are what allows us to hear different noises.
For science this week we filled a Ziploc bag up with water and gently using pencils pierced through the bag until it pierced both sides, surprisingly NO water leaked out! The students discovered that the plastic the Ziploc bag we used was made of naturally formed a seal around the object as long as it stayed in place.
Our next experiment, we created an environment where we could see the oxygen/carbon dioxide process of plants by submerging a leaf in water and placing it in the sunlight. The process of photosynthesis allowed us to see bubbles on the leaves and as the leaves released its’ extra oxygen from being submerged, the oxygen was seen as bubbles in the water.
We started off our dance class with some fun warm-up routines and stretches set to music (because music makes everything better) to get our bodies and our minds ready to dance. Once we were all warmed up, we tested our skills with several movement routines across the floor including skipping, galloping, and multistep combinations. After mastering the floor routines, we ended our class by practicing our jumping technique jumping over a foam block. There was so much growth seen in just this one class, that I can’t wait to see what has happened by the end of the year!