Sunday, October 24, 2010

Making Prayer Flags To Promote Peace, Compassion, Strength, and Wisdom

The primary classroom has been studying the continent of Asia and recently learned about Tibet. They have been making Tibetan prayer flags to hang around the classroom and in their homes. Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. A prayer flag is a colorful panel or rectangular cloth often strung along mountain ridges and peaks high in the Himalayas to bless the surrounding countryside. Blue symbolizes sky and space, white symbolizes air, red symbolizes fire, green symbolizes water, and yellow symbolizes earth.

Capturing the Colors of Autumn

Leaf printing activity: collect leaves, coat with fabric paint, press onto shirt or other fabric, blot off excess paint, enjoy.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Celebrating the Change of Season With Autumn Themed Work

Taking a moment to remember to breathe, the pinwheel helps with focus.

Colorful corn kernels picked by little fingers or tweezers.

Pouring, scooping, and tonging with containers reflecting the beautiful colors of autumn.

Cutting and collage work.

Science activities including a study of leaves and turtles.

This is an easy activity to make: Just color copy a variety of leaves and laminate the actual leaf to match to the picture.

Other science activities include a study of magnets.

Can magnets work through water? Magnetic fsihing.

Counting objects 1 through 5.

Counting fish 1 through 10.

Dried Apple Slices for Snack....Yum