I love making these pinch pots for Mother's Day! I just think they are so sweet: all so different, lumpy or smooth, deep or not. And the thought of mommies using them to hold their jewelry or change, or anything else to be saved just warms my heart. I feel it is important for children to learn about and experience working with such a natural medium like clay. And talk about a tiny finger work out!
I begin by giving everyone a chunk of clay. This is not their first experience with clay, so they know how to form a sphere. Next they stick their thumb into the middle of their sphere, about halfway through. Students spend the remainder of the time pinching their way around using their fore finger and thumb, being careful not to pinch the walls too thin. This is a slow process, not meant to be rushed. I really try not to get involved in the formation of their pot. A few students will continue to doubt themselves and continuously ask for assistance. Some children are so used to having someone do things for them, that overcoming this self doubt is a lesson in itself.
Our school does not have a kiln, so I don't bake these. I will let them sit for about two days before I have the children paint them with acrylic paints.
Our pinch pots turned out super cute! Happy Mother's Day!!!
SUNFLOWER SEED ADDITION FREEBIE:
The Entire Sunflower Packet is available on tpt.
Our 5 kindergarten/Tk classes take one field trip each school year. We have been going to Underwood Family Farms for the past 10 years. It's a wonderful farm that grows the most delicious strawberries! This year the strawberries were especially sweet. Yum!! The trip begins with a visit to the farmer's classroom to learn about fruits and vegetables. This is followed by a tractor ride to the strawberry fields for some strawberry picking. Each person is given a plastic container to fill and take home (this includes teachers and parent volunteers!).
Picking fruit is hard work so lunch comes next. We eat at one of the reserved picnic areas. We wrap up our trip with a visit to the animal pens and play areas. It always surprises me to learn the number of students are have never been up close to animals before. The traffic out to Moorpark was pretty bad this year. Traffic during field trips is always nerve wracking for teachers. You wish you could just slip your ear buds in and close your eyes,.... if only for the ride home.
Thank you Underwood Family Farms for another successful field trip!
Want to know how to get parents involved in your teaching? Show parents how you teach in class and explain the theories behind your approaches. This can be done during parent workshops. Parent workshops are a big deal at our school. We call them PTPs (Parent Teacher Partnership). Every grade level holds four workshops per year. Our Kindergarten workshop schedule is as follows:
Workshop #1: Alphabetic Principal- October
Workshop #2: Mathematics in Kinder- February
Workshop #3: Writing in Kinder- March
Workshop #4: Learn About 1st Grade! (given by the first grade teachers)
We recently held our math parent workshop. Here are some highlights from the Powerpoint we presented:
We urge you to give parent workshops a try!
They are a sure way to empower your parents to get involved.
Here We Come to Save the Day!
We are three energetic kindergarten teachers who want to share our kinder experience with you!