Category: Grade 1

Names – Who are you again?

grd1name3 I have a tough time most days remembering the name of the child or person I am speaking to.  I remember faces well.  Even when I haven’t taught them for three of four years they still look familiar to me.  One little lady, who I nicknamed “Barbie” has grown up a lot and become more beautiful with every year but I still recognise her easily.  However… names… they just don’t stick.  Often I will ask what their favourite colour is and say their name with the colour.  Sometimes this really helps and the names stick but not always.

To help this year, with all my new faces, I asked the grade 1’s to make their names as an art piece.

We sat together and cut the pattern around the edges of the page using the snowflake pattern technique which is where you fold often and cut so that when you unfold the pattern is repeated and the same – very pretty.

We drew our names in our favourite colours and decorated the insides of the “open” letters. The kids call open letters “bubble” letters.  It makes sense but I encourage them to not make them with round edges.

They were to put their favourite things like sport or animals in the background of the names and decorate the boarders – or “frame” as they prefer me to say.

Speaking of children “preferring to say” – have you ever asked a child to colour in their background and seen them turn their page over and begin to colour?  Its crazy! I find that if they don’t understand what I mean I show them what I meant and ask them how they would tell another person to do the action.  Then we can compare my way and their way and together understand both ways.

My grade 1’s are cute, so cute and not as tiring as grade 2’s and 3’s.  Perhaps because I only teach the grade 1’s in groups of 12 and not the whole class.  Much more manageable.







grd1cupcake6The grade 1’s had a wonderful time making the most delicious cupcakes this term.  Each picture has its own story and explanation.  Every colour represents a flavour and all the sprinkles are a story of their own.  A successful project because the children enjoyed it thoroughly and learned plenty from it!


colour mixing (only had primary colours and white to use),

creating without outlines in pencil (just started painting after a demo),

small things like sprinkles should go on a previously painted area and not be painted around – let’s call that “layering”

mixing colours on the page/surface and not in the pattypans (as I need those pans for the next class) and the colours tend not to be as flat!

making mistakes and painting right over them to fix them – perseverance, self acceptance

to apply glitter pain in stripes rather than mushing it over the whole cupcake (I almost got heart failure when I saw the first child do that!)

I would most certainly do this project again.  I would ask the class teacher to make the picture the basis for a creative writing piece as the children have so much to say about their art works!


Clay Hearts for Valentines Day

grd1hearts6grd1hearts1Hello happy readers!

I do hope you are all well.  It’s about time we got this blog on the roll again (haha, I made a funny).

So lets start with my little grade ones – yes this term I’m teaching everyone from grade 1 to 6.  A big job and not enough time to think but we roll on.

Usually I do this clay project with grade 3’s and for good reason it seems.  The grade 1 children just do not do this little project justice as the hearts looked messy in general.


Air dry clay

Rolling pin/tube/bottle (whatever comes in handy)


Card cut to carry drying hearts

Glass paint for the glossy look

Beaded necklace to hang heart from – preferably made by the children.grd1hearts2grd1hearts3grd1hearts4

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