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Big Ideas, Inquiry, Artists

One of our Kindergarten teams shared their work today. The students and staff have explored a Big Idea in their room of changes in their local environments. For example, they have tracked a tree in our yard all year long from fall, into winter and soon into the beginning of spring. Students have explored trees and plants in their room. Staff have planned opportunities for learning using the Kindergarten program and provided opportunities for student inquiry to develop in the classroom about changes in our environment. Recently they read Barbara Reid’s Book Picture a Tree. Reid is a wonderful writer, and artist, who illustrates her books using plasticine. I recommend her books for all of our families for their beautiful art and story lines. The student artists then planned their own creative interpretations of the book. They then took their plans and created their artistic works.

And now…

Here are the results….


6 responses to “Big Ideas, Inquiry, Artists

  1. Angela McCabe March 6, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Barbara Reid is one of my own favourite children’s illustrators, particularly with her use of playdough. Your artwork is fabulous–each piece is connected to the original artwork but with its own unique twist, which tells someone like myself that each of you were able to reinterpret Reid’s artwork and *make it your own*. This is *really* wonderful stuff!

  2. Mr. Collins - Principal LJPS March 7, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    We are pleased to share Ms Reid’s response to us after hearing about our students’ work as follows:
    Hello Mr. Collins,

    What a beautiful start to the day! Thank you very much for sending me the link to the gorgeous artwork by your kindergarten students. I love creating books, but it is enthusiastic teachers, librarians and parents who put them into readers hands and bring the pages to life. Plasticine is an excellent medium for exploration and creativity, I’m delighted that your students had the opportunity to work with it. Please share my congratulations with the teachers and artists, their work will inspire me on my current project!

    Best regards and happy reading,


    Barbara Reid

  3. Jackie Young March 8, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Dear Mr. Collins,
    These are extraordinary pieces of art. Thank you for thinking of passing along the link to me. You, the students and the teachers are all to be congratulated. I am always so amazed and humbled by what our youngest learners can produce given the creative ideas, the set up and the licence to explore their thoughts by a caring teacher.
    What a magnificent display – I am quite sure that a great time was had by all through this incredibly rich task.
    Jackie Young
    Superintendent of Schools

  4. Joana Medrano March 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Wow! What incredible art the Kindergarten students have created… So inspiring, even to the author who inspired them! Congratulations to these very artistic students and teachers!

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