Fall and Winter Scenes: Art by Children

November 16, 2010

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Miss Trisha’s preschool class has been doing a year long study. Yes, a year long study. Instead of doing a week long study on seasons and moving-on, they have been following how an apple tree changes throughout the year. In the spring, their apple trees bloomed and in September it was harvest time. Now it is fall and the trees are losing their leaves. Through this science and art study the children are following their apple trees into winter.

This is our requirement for art projects:

1. It must be low maintenance for the teacher!!! Remember our waddlee-ah-chaa philosophy: keep it simple!

2. It must be hands-on and open-ended, allowing the children to be creative and unique.

We love the way Miss Trisha gives her preschool children the freedom to grow, learn and express themselves in unique ways.   Look at this display. Each one is perfect in its very own way. And none of them look the same! Yeah for Miss Trisha, a wonderful teacher.

Miss Trisha is always incorporating early literacy development into the classes learning experiences. No flashcards. No skill and drill. No expensive store bought displays. In front of the children, Miss Trisha simply wrote on sentence strips: We like fall! We like winter! These simple sentences introduce the children to sentence writing, letter formation, letter sounds and simple high frequency words. Wow, so much learning packed into these little sentence. Not all, but some of the children use these sentence strips to write words on their artwork and in their journals.

Low maintenance: Miss Trisha simply drew a tree trunk on each paper. Then she set up an art table with fall paint colors and sponges.

Hands-on and Open Ended: The children were given the freedom to create their very own fall tree. I love the pictures side by side. One saturated with paint. Another delicately stamped with shapes.

Low Maintenance: Again, Miss Trisha drew a tree trunk on each page. She set the art table with brown markers for limbs, white paint and cotton balls.

Hands-on and Open Ended: Miss Trisha models for the children how to use the art materials. However, the children are set free to explore and create.

Thank you to all of the Miss Trisha’s of the world who give children the freedom to be children! Children who are unique and creative in their own ways. Could this tree be any more beautiful?

More from Miss Trisha’s classroom: Very Busy Spider Webs

Tomorrow journal writing and collage inspiration from the book  Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

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Tara H November 16, 2010 at 12:59 pm

I love these! We’ll definitely be doing these at home! Thanks for all the great ideas! I loved Miss Trisha’s spider webs too.

Alice November 16, 2010 at 4:00 pm

I love it!!! Definitely doing this, in fact I think we will do the fall one today!

Deb Chitwood @ Living Montessori Now November 16, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Yay for Miss Trish! What a great way to teach about the seasons, while incorporating both language and art – and respecting each child’s uniqueness!

Jackie November 20, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Looks like you found a gem in Mrs. Trisha! BTW, my kid’s painting would be the one saturated with paint. Generally they tell me, “We think he might have spilled the paint on it.” And then it has to wait an extra week on the drying rack. lOL

Christie - Childhood 101 November 29, 2010 at 12:34 am

Love that each child can respond with the materials in their own way.

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