I don’t think anyone can argue that puppets are so much fun. They stimulate children’s imaginations and allow children to engage in creative play. They are a great way to motivate children and to explore ideas and topics in fun and exciting ways.
I’ve collected puppets for many years and have always had a fondness for them. When living in Thailand, I was treated a couple of times to the Joe Louis Puppet Theatre. Check out the video below to get an idea of how puppets are used on stage:
There are so many different types of puppetry including:
paper bag puppets
whole body puppet
We are beginning to explore puppetry in our own classroom. We have started with these simple googly eye puppets that sit on our finger. We are experimenting with different hand positions, movements, and even voices.
We watched Oobi and Uma and gathered some ideas about how to hold our hands and move our arm and wrist. Check it out!
Finally, we raided Mrs. Sullivan’s puppet box and tried out various types of puppets with our classmates.
Do you like puppets? What kind of puppet do you like?
60% of how we express ourselves is through the body, 30% is the tone of voice, and only the last 10% is what you say says Mark Hill, a physical theatre artist and a famous visiting educator at International Schools around the world.
In Drama, students have recently presented their mirror image skits which involved expressing themselves through movement. They have done a lot of preparing, practicing, and planning with their partners. Each partnership created the context for their performance, whether that be waking up in the morning, going to a pool, or going to a movie theatre. Ideas were very diverse! It was a lot of fun to watch the performances and witness the synchronicity and calculated movements the partnerships made. Awesome!
Recently, we made a Christmas ornament using a cinnamon stick and some holiday fabric cut into strips. It looks like an old fashioned type of ornament that perhaps would have been made decades ago.
We first learned a little bit about cinnamon and where it comes from. Some students guessed that cinnamon came from the ground and we dig it up. Others thought it came from apples somehow. A few thought it was a plant. But, we all agreed that we enjoy the taste of cinnamon in things like:
on top of pies, cakes, muffins
on top of hot chocolate
When we watched the short video below, we learned where it really comes from…the bark of cinnamon trees!
Did you know that 90% of the world’s cinnamon comes from Sri Lanka? The cinnamon sticks we used actually came from Indonesia.
The ornaments were finished with a button that each student got to pick out and then we added some twine to hang our ornaments on a tree. They turned out so lovely!
Each and every one of us is unique–that’s what makes us special! We are like snowflakes–no two are alike. Isn’t that what makes the world so great? We all have different tastes, likes, challenges, strengths, gifts.
Today, we all worked together to build snowflakes. We watched a video showing us how it works. Our snowflakes have 6 points. With a little patience and a positive attitude, we worked as a team to build 5 snowflakes to hang in our classroom.
Great job, Grade 3s! I can’t wait to string them up this weekend. See you on Monday!
There’s never a dull moment in our class! We’ve been so engaged in all aspects of our day–French, Math, Science and more. We enjoy working in different teams, sharing our strengths and gifts, nibbling on treats, learning about all sorts of things. Check us out!
On Tuesday, the Grade 3s made the visit to Museum London. We split into 2 groups and toured the various galleries, learning about local artists such as Merle “Ting” Tingley as well as other Canadian artists.
Merle Tingley “Ting”
We talked about ideas such as the elements of design, mood, inspiration, symmetry, movement, and much more.
After our tour, we enjoyed creating a piece of mixed media art. It was a Fall scene involving the changing colours of leaves on trees. We used a variety of media including paper, paint, string. Using cool colours–a blue and green wash, we created the sky and ground. Trees were created using torn pages from a book and the leaves were painted on using warm colours.
Have a look at the process and our finished pieces!
mind·ful (adjective) To be conscious or aware of something, paying attention on purpose.
With busy schedules, always places to go, always in transition, bombardment of information and images from screens, it is not easy to be quiet, be still, be present. Today, our class launched a simple idea: Mindfulness Mondays. This is where we practice 3 simple things:
On Friday, our school welcomed a Metis artist named Brenda Collins. Brenda’s mother is of the Odawa Nation and her father is French.
Classes gathered in the library to help put together a Medicine Wheel Mosaic. It is also called The Four Directions or a Healing Circle. It is intergenerational. That means that each of the 4 colours of the Healing Circle represent either the child, youth, adult, or elders.The tiles in the centre are mirror tiles and that allows us to look at ourselves and reflect on our inner feelings and thoughts.
The green tiles at the bottom of the piece represent Mother Earth and blue tiles at the top represent Father Sky. The brown tiles around the border represent the 4 sacred smudging medicines: tobacco, sweetgrass, sage, and cedar.
The finished mosaic uses more than 6500 glass square pieces that are glued down. Each staff member and student helped to make the Medicine Wheel on Friday. Brenda will take it home and add any finishing touches.
This is what the finished product will look like:
As of June of 2018, there are 72 Medicine Wheels across the region. The one that we made as a school will proudly hang in our front hallway of our school.
A big thank you to Brenda for teaching us about the Medicine Wheel!