Saturday, October 25, 2008

Update on Seasonal Activities for the Month of October

In my last post, I wrote about and described mosaic seed/bean work. The older children have been pretty successful with the work making some lovely pieces. However, I noticed that the younger children have avoided it. Just before I went to school on Thursday morning, I read Beverly's post stating that the work might be a little too challenging for her young children. So...and this is why posting is so important...I made some adjustments and re-presented a second method to do the work. Posts from readers offer critiques, suggestions and affirmations. The changes I made to this lesson stemmed directly from Beverly's brief post.

I walked around my kitchen with my coat on and my keys in my hand. I had a flash thought of how I was going to do the amended presentation and I needed to grab some things from my pantry, push them into my purse and leave so as to arrive at school on time. I needed and found handleless cookie cutters. I quickly picked five, crammed them into my already full purse and made it to school in time to set up the changes.

When the opportunity came for me to present the modifications, I went for it. I told the children that they could still use the frames and insets from the botany and geometry cabinet but that they could also select a cookie cutter (as I opened the tin and showed the selection of cutters to the class - there were alot of oooooohs and ahhhhhhhs) and use it as follows: After selecting a cutter, place it on a piece of paper and trace its outline. Now remove the cutter and, using a paintbrush or a q-tip, fill in the traced shape with a layer of white glue (this is the second photo down - it is hard to see the glue). Re-position the cutter back over the outline and then spoon beans/seeds into the cookie cutter. I made a point of telling the children not to fill the shape but just to spoon in enough to cover the bottom. Next, lift the cutter off the paper and move it aside. Now, lift the paper and, while tapping one side, shake the excess seeds/beans back into one of the small bowls. Using your fingers, or a new q-tip, shape the image as needed. Too, a child may then use markers to add to the image.

When all is done, as part of preparing the tray for the next student to use, the child replenishes the small bowls with seeds/beans or other materials.

I did the entire re-presentation and the child who took it from the shelf next said, "I don't want to use those cookie cutters. I am going to use a shape from the botany cabinet." And that was more than fine.


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Susan Y. Dyer said...

The two removed post were linked to adult materials and were inappropriate posts

Susan Dyer

koalababy said...

Hi Susan,

I love this post for mosaic seed/bean work! We are doing some art and crafts for Deepavali here in Singapore and discovered your post just in time. I have been wondering how to present such a work to my son to use with a simple rangoli pattern.

Just one question though - would the glue get onto the botany inset when the child repositions it back on to the paper after applying the glue? If so, how do we minimise this, or show the child how to clean off the glue from the inset?

Best regards,

Susan Y. Dyer said...

Hi Gwynne,

You only reposition the cookie cutter back over the glue not the botany inset. For the inset the child uses only the outline drawn as a stencil for the pattern. A cookie cutter is repositioned so the young child can fill the cavity of the cutter with seeds and maintain the shape better. Later the cutter is removed and the child shakes off the excess seeds.


Susan Dyer
The Moveable Alphabet