It is hard to believe it's already April! Here's what we'll be working on in Library and Art!
Library - Students in grades PS-2 will hear Holy Week and Easter stories and stories about Spring. Students in grades 3-5 will learn about various children's book awards and have a chance to vote for the William Allen White Award.
Art - All students in grades K-4 will participate in a community art project focusing on recycling and Earth Day. You will be able to see the finished project displayed outside the front of the building! Students will also be working on their portfolio covers as we compile all of their art projects from this year.
March in the Library
This month Preschool through 1st grades will be reading Dr. Seuss books to celebrate his March birthday. We'll also look at books about St. Patrick's Day and Spring. 2nd graders will be participating in Readers' Theater. 3rd through 5th grades will work on activities covering fiction v. non-fiction, author's purpose, and text features. We will also learn about the Caldecott Award for illustration in children's literature.
Due to Spring Break and various field trips, not all grades will be having art this month. For the classes that do have art, we'll be discussing symmetry and positive/negative space. We continue to review the elements of art each time we meet, and I am amazed at how well these kids know their art vocabulary!
February in the Library
Preschool through 2nd grades will be having Valentine's Day books read aloud. They will also learn about biographies. Grades 3-5 will focus on biographies this month and will be "Biography Bowling."
This month all art classes will learn about the element of form and 3D shapes. We will also continue to use texture in our projects. Different grade levels will make pinch pots, monogram wall hangings, and other clay projects. 4th grade will finish their Selfie projects before starting a 3D sculpture in March.
HAPPY 2019! I hope you all had a relaxing Christmas break! Here is what we'll be doing in Library and Art classes to kick off the new year.
Library - This month in the library, students in grades Preschool through 2nd will look at books about snow, Eric Carle books, and Magic Treehouse books. 3rd through 5th grades will participate in new library centers.
Art - All classes will learn about texture in art this month. We will experiment with different surfaces, media, and tools to create different textures. Students will learn about Vincent Van Gogh, look at some of his most famous works, and discuss how he used texture in his paintings.
Come visit the Book Fair in the library December 4th through 6th! Hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Your child will have an opportunity to preview the book fair with their class during school hours on either Tuesday or Wednesday. We hope to see you there!
November in the Library
Library Classes - Preschool through 2nd grades will read various Thanksgiving books. 3rd through 5th grades will experience a "book tasting" to help the students find books they may be interested in reading. After Thanksgiving break, we will be getting ready for the Book Fair which will be held December 4-6 in the library.
Art Classes - All classes are focusing on the element of shape this month. Depending on the grade level, students will be working with stamps, paint, ink, and paper shapes to create various projects. Everyone will learn about Henri Matisse who is known for his use of shape in his artwork. Throughout the year, all students are adding their pieces of art to their own art portfolio which will be sent home at the end of the school year.
I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!
October in the Library
Pre-School through 2nd grades will be listening to various Halloween stories and participating in fun Halloween activities! 3rd through 5th grades will experience centers where they can play word games, build a marble run, work on puzzles, and create bookmarks.
This month we are continuing to experiment with the element of color. Grades K through 4 will learn about Piet Mondrian and the use of color in his art. We are also focusing on the difference between warm and cool colors. By the end of the month all grade levels will begin learning about the element of shape.
Welcome Back to School!
I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing summer! I am very excited to be back at school in my new role as Reading Specialist/Art Teacher! Here is what we'll begin the new school year working on in library and art.
Library - Students in Preschool through 2nd grades will have a new book read to them each week. Books in August and September will focus on back to school and Fall themes. Students in 3rd through 5th grades will review check-in and check-out procedures as well as participate in fun activities such as a scavenger hunt, Book Bingo, and Creation Stations!
Art - Kindergarten through 4th grades will come to Art class in the library every other Friday. Throughout the year, we will cover the seven elements of art. The elements we will focus on for all grade levels for August and September will be line and color. Each grade level will make different art projects that feature line and color.
If you ever have any questions regarding your children's library or art classes, please don't hesitate to email me. I look forward to working with your children this year!