Kindergarten: Trees and Totems

The Kindergarten class has been exceptionally busy these past two weeks. We started by finishing our in-the-round sculptures. Eagles seemed to be the most popular topic, though we had a wide variety of other creations as well. Our second in-the-round sculpture set was in the spirit of Halloween. We made spooky trees out of paper bags and painted coffee filters. They’re all quite unique! Some had many branches, some had few. The class described some trees as being older than others based on how droopy the branches had become.

With a completed spooky forest, we moved on to our lessons on Native American Totem Poles. The next project would involve building a classroom totem pole made up of each student’s individual totem. We started by drawing out what animal we would use as a totem, and then sharing that drawing with the class. However, by the following day, most students had changed their minds, so the totems rarely match the drawings. That’s okay though. Great ideas often need revision as time goes by!

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