Tales from Lower School
3's Explore Storytelling Through Art
By Alicia Klein and Christy Kong, 3's Head Teachers
Reading and storytelling are an essential part of our daily classroom activities in the 3's. During meeting time, stories are read, sung, reproduced on the flannel board and shared. Questions are posed to the children to reinforce story details and help broaden their understanding of content.
During classroom work time, paper, markers and crayons are always available for the children to select. Many children have begun to dictate their own stories and ask the teachers to help them write notes, letters and books. This inspired a project for the art table that spanned several days. One on one with a teacher, each child was given white paper and Sharpies. They were each asked to tell a story as they drew with the Sharpies. Story elements and story structure were reinforced through teacher questions as the children expanded on their ideas and gave more details.
The children were challenged to use descriptive words and express feelings. Finally, they each gave their paper a color wash with liquid watercolor. The artists were able to highlight elements of their illustrations through color placement and blending. These are as amazingly unique and creative as the children! In the few days following this project, we have noticed an increased interest in drawing and writing during work time.
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