We traveled under the sea during our Lunchtime Literacy Through Art and Music class at the Fishtown Community Library. After reading some ocean themed children’s books together our group made their own ocean scenes. Parents and guardians helped the kids glue paper silhouettes of fish, whales and octopuses to blue paper. The kids then used crayons and paint sticks to decorate their pictures.
Below are photos of one of the participant’s mom helping him to decorate his drawing by looking at the book we read together. She’s pointing out the different patterns on the illustrated fish and then guides him in drawing those patterns. Learning becomes so meaningful to children when they are doing it with the adult’s in their lives. When families learn and create together their bond is strengthened.
This week with the preschoolers at Fishtown Recreation Center we read The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater. This colorful picture book tells the story of Mr. Plumbean who … Continue reading Dream Homes
I have been introducing the Pre-School class at Fishtown Recreation to the wonderful world of percussion. I started off by exposing the class to a variety of African percussion instruments … Continue reading Pre-School Percussion
After school students at Cione Recreation Center made with prints with fallen leaves. We first started by making rubbings. Placing a leaf under their paper and using the side of … Continue reading Leaf Printing
Students at Fishtown Recreation Center experimented with the infinite possibilities of making art with just a dot. After Peter H. Reynold’s The Dot was read to them students learned that … Continue reading The Dot
This week during Lunchtime Literacy at Fishtown Community Library, we read an old classic, “The Patchwork Quilt” by Valerie Flournoy. The children learned that a quilt is a blanket made … Continue reading Creating Our Own Patchwork Quilts
Today, Southwark worked on building their own chain reactions. We followed the lesson plan previously posted, and it went pretty well. They worked on this in pairs and were able … Continue reading Can you build a chain reaction?
Your Destination: Inspired by the Peter Reynolds book, “The Dot,” create a dot masterpiece by gluing pre-cut circles in various sizes and colors onto paper. On the Path: STEP #1: … Continue reading Lesson Plan: The Dot (or Anyone Can Be an Artist, It All Begins with a Dot!)
It was back to school on Tuesday October 1st as we met new and returning students at Fishtown Recreation Center. The class of twenty-seven students ranged from ages three to … Continue reading Bringing the Color Wheel to Life
There’s a lot happening at Penn Treaty these next couple weeks. Our students have just moved classrooms and the goal is to redecorate and design. Following the theme of transformation, … Continue reading Electrifying Static and Fall transformation