31 Aug 2017

The Tale of Sun and Moon

Adlaw, god of the sun; by James Claridades

We are privileged to have many Filipino children in our team and we will celebrate their culture through our art/drama/literacy unit.

We will be learning the Visayan myth of Sun and Moon from the Phillippines and using this as motivation for our sharpie and felts drawing of the sun and moon (for our calendar art fundraiser - I like to 'kill two birds with one stone'). This will be a good opportunity to talk about warm/cool colours too.

I found this cool animation of the story:

The inspiration for our artwork to kick it all off came from this awesome idea from The Lost Sock blog:

Next we will be constructing puppets to help us with some process drama as we tell the story in our own ways - this will of course involve reading, writing, drama and art all in one bundle!

We will read some other Filipino folk tales and break into groups to create our own drama versions, making puppets to help tell those stories.

Visayan Folk Tales        Tagalog Folk Tales           

28 Jun 2017

Interesting thoughts!

I totally agree with the comments made in this article...if we took away all the traditional/historical routines that our schools adhere to (for various reasons), then imagine the number of 'Da Vinci' students we would discover in our learning spaces!


9 Jun 2017

Supporting Emotional Intelligence

Learning can't happen if emotional needs are not being met - learners need to feel safe and calm first...

some tips from Sean Killian at the ASEBT


5 May 2017

Pop art portraits

A bit of a delay with sharing this lesson/unit idea:

Term One had a sketching and portraits focus so we started the term with some pop-art self-portraits (after looking at the different types of portraits that might be produced)...it was a lot of fun and the art is very creative. I got the inspiration from a Facebook post but am not sure whose!

I took black and white photos of the kids then printed them out on A3 - the kids turned them over to trace around their main features and facial shape, neck/shirt etc with pencil.

They then used black crayon to go over the outlines and to split large areas (eg face and hair) with dark lines before using coloured crayons (including white) to draw patterns inside each different space.

Next step was to use bright dyes in each section - don't they look awesome?!

9 Mar 2017

Lesson or unit starter ideas

The sort of things that those of us who have been teaching as long as me already know, but it doesn't hurt to have a reminder occasionally...


26 Jan 2017

Start the year off with lots of inquiry thinking...

Some very interesting points are made here by Australian inquiry 'guru' Kath Murdoch and have certainly got me thinking (again!) about how to incorporate more inquiry thinking across all curriculum areas...