Thursday, March 14, 2013

SOLSC #14 - Heroes, the art & creativity

Two Writing TeachersSlice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC)

Let me share some photos of our heroes and their dioramas.  We are hard at work on these, this week and next, with these being the primary exhibit at next Thursday's "Learning Showcase," where families will come by and see what we have been learning and doing.  My apologies for having so few photos!  More to come in the days ahead....

This is the first time I have ever attempted "dolls" in the preschool classroom...and I'm still not sure that I gave the children the right materials.  However, using styrofoam balls, craft sticks, yarn, clothespins, pipe cleaners, beads, tape, all manner of "found objects," the children threw themselves into making figures. Many have added clay at the feet, to help their figures to stand up.  (Others simply created a bed in the diorama, and lay the superhero down!)

We created the dioramas from recycled lunch trays.  The children are adding details using paint, beads, wire, paper, and many other simple materials.  

Laura (Teaching Resident) is working with the children one-on-one to share their stories. While they work with these art materials, their story ideas for their heroes grow and grow. I take notes as I hear different ideas expressed and pass them onto Laura, so that she might nudge them to share a little more.

I need to share their stories - these are so precious!

Yes, we have lots more to do...but having a lot of fun "doing it"!


  1. Oh such creations!!! I can't wait to see more of them. Looks like there were a lot of busy little hands. Jackie

  2. I think these children have got it! You have let in the light of creativity. Have fun.

  3. Just great, Maureen. I know they must have terrific stories, especially when they've been telling stories all year, & now this will add to their repertoire. Love Ebony's!

  4. Love the small world being created in your classroom community.