Eric Carle is truly inspiring and a staple in many kindergarten classrooms. Brown Bear, Brown Bear is one of Fred’s favourite books at the moment. Rose also loves the fact that she can read (recite) it with no effort.
Earlier in the week we stuck paper and coloured Black Sheep. Yes, the art opportunities are limited but the two boys I am working with are learning what to do with glue sticks and paper cutouts!
For Goldfish the following day, I had prepared the cutouts so the boys were to assemble the fish. This gave us opportunities to talk about the body, tail, fins, and eye.
The scales were added with oil pastels, with great big movements by Fred who is 19 months and with more care and a steady hand by his friend who is 2 years and 2 months.
Rose and Daisy enjoy supervising, although they may have been better with their own creations to avoid the temptation to add to the boys work. Daisy insisted she write “To: Mommy” as per a request!
Fred did have help to stick, his contribution was to push the paper into place with one finger!
This assembling and sticking and adding colour is as much for the boys as it is for me to build their crafting skills. Understanding not to eat the glue stick is a skill!
We will be continuing our work on Brown Bear, Brown Bear and will then move on to other Eric Carle books.
His books have been popular for the flowers too. For Rose’s third birthday a Hungry Caterpillar theme was requested. We had a Hungry Caterpillar cake, ate hungry caterpillar’s favourite food, smashed a butterfly pinata and took home caterpillar treats!