Messing around is Worth Doing


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A welcome presentation to Kindergarten Co-op and Studio Circus Online

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  • This presentation welcomes you to Kindergarten Co-op and Studio Circus Online. In the groups you form together in your neighborhood and in Studio Circus, we will teach and learn engaging activities for exploration, imagination, and play. The activities are researched to be good ways to help your young children prepare for kindergarten.
  • Engaging children through music, theater, and storytelling. Mole said to Rat in the story The Wind in the Willows, “There is nothing—absolutely nothing-half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” When young children mess around imagining and exploring they are learning. This is Eddie and he is almost ready to start Pre-K. Eddie is acting out another one of his favorite stories. He made his crown with a paper plate.
  • Scribbling: Dots and Lines Here is Shea (she says her name like Hey) gripping her crayon. Her marks have gone from uncontrolled to controlled. Shapes start looking like circles and x’s. Her fine-motor control is improving. Shea has begun to tell you about her drawing but doesn’t know what she is making until she is finished. It won’t be long and she will be stacking her shapes into people.
  • Studio Circus Online Cricket the Clown is not just a clown but is also a teacher and an artist. Most of the artwork you see in this presentation was done by her daughter before she was in kindergarten. Each week, during Kindergarten Co-op, Cricket the Clown and young artists will demonstrate arts-based activities in Studio Circus. Cricket the Clown is glad to have you at this presentation, during Koenig Karnival.
  • Finger-painting: Discovering Color Many finger paintings may become brown. Eddie is begging to make and choose his colors on purpose. At home his paintings and drawings are on the refrigerator. He likes to talk to people about his artwork.
  • Semiotics By the time children are two up until they are sometimes four, they begin to communicate visually with lines and dots. Shapes begin to having meaning to them and language skills increase. From four to seven they begin early symbol making. These flower and sun shapes are a common symbol for children around the world.
  • In these pictures, Shea is in preschool. Those shapes that started to mean something are now parts of stories. Even if the arrangement of line, color, shape, and pattern are simple, they are often made with embellishments.
  • Not So Bas-Relief Shea is ready for kindergarten. She now has a conscious application of perception, memory, generation of ideas, evaluation of concepts, reasoning, and free association.
  • Conclusion: Join us at Kindergarten Co-op Art education is a great way to build all kinds of skills to prepare your child mentally and physically. Together we can share our experience about education, art, and the way children play, explore, and imagine. Click on Cricket’s nose. She’d like to say good bye.
  • Messing around is Worth Doing

    1. 1. Messing about Worth Doing Welcome to Kindergarten Co-op and Studio Circus Online Presentation by Joan Schlough
    2. 2. music, theater, art, and storytelling. Engaging children through… Hi, I’m Eddy! "There is nothing--absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats." - Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
    3. 3. Hi, I’m Hey!
    4. 4. Studio Circus Online Cricket the Clown will tell you about Studio Circus Online at YouTube Click here to see some of her artwork on Flickr. Hi I’m Cricket the Clown. Click on my nose!
    5. 5. Finger-painting and discovering color
    6. 6. Flower and sun shapes
    7. 7. Mama and Me 100 Worms Doing the Cha Cha Embellished shapes become stories.
    8. 8. <ul><li>Form makes something 2D become 3D. </li></ul><ul><li>Go to the Kids Activities site for play dough recipes and click here for other activities. </li></ul>Form
    9. 9. Join us at Kindergarten Co-op Click my nose, again!
    10. 10. Photo and Image Credits Slide 1: Clay Working Hands. Digital photo by Joan Schlough Slide 2: Mole and rat in boat. Retrieved from Eddie the Pretender. Sketch by Joan Schlough Slide 3: Shea coloring and with green crayon. Photos by Joan Schlough Series of scribbling shapes from Psychology of Children’s Art Slide 4: Jing video capture from YouTube Welcome to Studio Circus Flickr Photostream by Joan Schlough Slide 5: Series of scribbling shapes from Psychology of Children’s Art Eddie at the refrigerator gallery. Sketch by Joan Schlough Slide 6: Series of mandalas from Psychology of Children’s Art Slide 7: Shea with her oil paintings. Photos by Joan Schlough Slide 8: Jing video capture from YouTube: Welcome to Studio Circus End Greeting References Kellogg, R. and O’dell, S. (1967). The psychology of children’s art. New York, NY: Random House. Simpson, J.W., Delaney, J. M., Carroll, K. L., Hamilton, C. M., Kay, S. I., Kerlavage, M. S., & Olson, J. L. (1998). Creating meaning through art: Teacher as choice maker . Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. Resource PDF brochure: Eddie is Ready by Joan Schlough