I took the wheel off the front of my bike and literally squeezed it into the back of my little car! I should have cycled to the school but I had so many other things to take with me that day – it was quite impossible.
Together with the children we moved all the tables to create a circle around the standing bike.
For demonstration, I drew the bike with one line which most impressed the kids. Then it was their turn to draw the contours of the bike.
We spoke about use of space on the page, the various parts of the bike and getting in the details.
What you don’t see is the finished product – watercolour patches in all colours in the background – beautiful!
My grade 2’s made the cutest clay birds.
We used earthenware clay which was unfortunately never fired. Had it been fired the beads would have run so beautifully down the figures.
We started in my usual favourite way by looking at photos stored in a file from the internet and discussing them. The different parts of the bird – what makes it look like a bird and not another animal.
I encouraged my children to create fantasy birds. This ment the birds had to have all the parts which identified them as birds but simultaneously freed the children from making mistakes. A fantasy bird can be a square shape, have fluffy feet and a skew beak!
All smiles. Even the most difficult of children usually love to create something from clay. It’s just a magical medium to work with.