Week 1: June 13-17 Earth Stewardship
We will be involved in a sustainable gardening project this week as we build a garden bed, plant seeds, prepare composting bins for our red wigglers, and learn more about farm animals. We will focus on our relationships to our food sources and how to be good stewards of the earth. We will use recyclable materials for our art projects and discuss the many ways we can ‘grow green’. We will introduce a variety of foods from the farmer’s market to sample. Our end-of-the-week project will be a neighborhood trash pick-up.
Week 2: June 20-July 24 Flowers & Insects
This week we will take a closer look at the flowers and insects in our world. Our projects will include patterns and symmetry found in nature, string paintings, life stages of insects and much more. We will end the week with a fun game of pin the insect on the flower. We will prepare an indoor habitat for caterpillars and watch as they emerge as adult butterflies before releasing them to our pollinator garden.
Week 3: June 27- July 1 Colors, Lines, and Texture
We will take our art supplies outside and create nature books. We will explore the texture on the bark of a tree, the outlines of clouds, and the colors of flowers through various mediums such as watercolor, printmaking, and colored pencils.
Week 4: July 5 – July 8 (No School 4th of July) Woodland Creatures
We’re off to the forest to look for tracks of our favorite woodland creatures during a scavenger hunt. Art projects will include simple sewing projects, a habitat matching game, building a clay beaver dam, casting animal prints, and an ecosystems game.
Week 5: July 11- July 15 The North Shore
We’re celebrating agates this week! We plan to create an agate watercolor mobile as a community project to add to our classroom. We will create personal My Neighborhood storybooks and our week will end with a picnic at the breakwater after a Lake Superior boat trip, weather permitting*.