Kindergarten has launched our newest writing unit, persuasive writing. This week, we read the book Red is Best in which the main character tries to convince her mother that she should be able to wear red clothing every day. Students discussed the difference between the terms "fact" and "opinion," and they learned it is acceptable to have different opinions about a topic or an issue. They also learned that it is important to explain your opinion or why you feel a particular way with a supporting statement because it will help others understand your point of view. In addition, we stressed the importance not only of being heard but also of listening to a peer when sharing your opinions. Kindergarten students began by playing “This or That” and explaining their respective preferences to a class peer. In addition, students began writing about things they like and do not like to do during recess and exploration including their reasons why. These persuasive writing lessons have heightened anticipation of our upcoming spring writing celebration.
Under our guiding question of “What Makes Me, Me?” kindergarten students revisit creating self-portraits throughout the year. This week, students revisited Picasso and discussed different mediums he used during his life. This conversation took us back to September, when we first discussed Picasso and kindergarten students painted their eyes after taking “a closer look." After all, our eyes are the tool that we use to see the world around us, and to get to know similarities and differences of others.
Back in September, our students created self-portraits using vibrant watercolors and discussed the concept of abstract paintings. As the year moved forward, we revisited self-portraits in other ways. Recently, we stirred up more conversation about Picasso and his different periods of art while discussing spatial awareness in math - specifically, that we use different shapes to design, make, and represent things. We decided to look at mosaic art and created self-portraits using ripped pieces of paper.
Kindergarten students had a great deal of fun doing this activity, which was directly connected to our guiding question. Come by the kindergarten classrooms and take a look at their work!