Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Mental challenge, not praise, builds our children's confidence

Ashley Merryman and Po Bronson challenge us as parents and educators to consider the effects of praise versus providing mental challenges to our children. The head of lower school shared this important video with our school community and I wanted to pass it along as well. I learned something from this message and I hope you do too!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A kid-friendly video on Japanese Art

When is the last time you learned about a different culture in a meaningful way? If it has been a while or, if you're looking for a new way to embrace Japanese culture watch this video called "Gyotaku - The ancient Japanese art of printing fish" from TED-Ed. Stay tuned to see how my kids use 2 Types of Japanese Printmaking.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Paper Quilling Fun for 3 Age Groups

My group of students aged 8-12 started with
tissue paper decoupage for our quilled garden scenes.
This was so beautiful I had to take a picture
right as it was finished--see the wet glue?
What is paper quilling? In short, it is curled paper glued to a background. Traditional paper quilling requires a small wooden quilling tool in which the forked part holds the end of a small strip of quilling paper. As you turn the tool with one hand and hold the other end of the paper taught, the paper winds into a tight circle. You can glue it shut to keep it a tight circle or let it loosen into a loose circle and pinch into different shapes.
Quilling can be seen from various perspectives
 such as in this gorgeous little duck pond.
In my experience, traditional paper quilling works well with students aged 8 and above but, as with most projects and materials in art, paper quilling can be adapted and done with many different age groups.