SO we took a bit of a blog break....but the Bag Ladies are back and we have SO much to share!
I wanted to start with the last project our second graders did before the summer break...
“This is the House That Jack Built” by Simms Taback is one of my favorite children’s book. I read it with my own kids often and have always admired the artwork.
Children also love the artwork in it and the repetition and rhythm of the story.
I came up with this project for my own children and the results were so fun I decided to use it at school. I changed a few things from the original pieces I did with my children (they are much younger then 2nd graders). I wish I could have gotten better pictures of the display at school, but the lighting in that hall makes for bad pictures. I think you will get the gist from the shots I did get!
First I read the students the book. They loved it and we read it again. Then we talked about the illustrations. The students talked about the colors and shapes. How the house looked and so on. I asked the kids to think of what kind of rooms and what type of things would happen in the house that they are creating.
Next up cutting the shapes for their own houses. No details like the type of siding, shutters or landscape were to be cut out of the paper. Just the “structure” of the house. The students were not allowed to glue until they cut and placed all the piece of their house and had the teacher’s ok.
A few students may have had cotton in their ears and didn’t hear me repeat this direction ten times. We had a few melt downs because pieces were glued and could not be moved...But Mrs. Bag Lady and the kids made it all work out ;)
Once the construction paper was cut, placed and glued the students added all kinds of details with pastels. The students loved doing this and often came to look at the book for ideas and shared ideas with each other.
I LOVE listening to children’s creative stories and ideas, if only we all could wander so easily through the garden of creativity and ideas that grow like wild flowers in the mind of a child.
Last the students created their own page of “This is the House _______ Built” and wrote something about their house. We did this using pastels and paper scraps. It was too much fun reading their sentences about the house they had built.
This was a very successful project and I look forward to doing it next year!
See you SOON and Wishing you an Artsy Fartsy Day!
~Bag Lady Rebecca