As a teacher, I believe children learn best when they learn about topics they are interested in, this is called emergent curriculum to those not familiar with classroom terms. In the classroom, teachers who believe this this philosophy will follow the lead of the children to create curriculum projects around their students current interests or questions that pop up during group circles, like how does food get to your table? How do planes fly? ect.
So at home, I have been following Sibellas lead and her new curiosities in frogs. We hear a lot of frogs at night in our back yard and occasionally get to see one up close -he lives in our wound up deck hose 🙂 -So tiny and cute. She is also obsessed with the two preschool frog songs- 5 Little Speckled frogs and the other has multiple titles, we call it “Shana Na Na Na” . I should of recorded her singing!!
So to continue this learning opportunity we gathered books from our library to learn more about them. The favorite book out of the bunch for the art project today was The Wide Mouth Frog, pop up book.
I taught Sibella a few clay techniques, pinch pot and how to roll snakes to make her air dry clay frog today. She is at the age where she now understands where an eye, a mouth and or a tail goes when drawing a picture so now she is building realistic things out of clay. If you are using clay with a younger group of students I would allow them to create their frog however they like, try not to persuade them in putting the eyes or legs in correct spots, for this is their art and they are using there developmentally appropriate skills 🙂 keep art fun and expressive! I built one along side her but this can sometimes frustrate older kids too, in that they want theirs to look just like yours, so know your crowd:) for we do not want our little artists frustrated in their work.
We referenced our book for shapes.
Big Mouth and Body
Long Frog Tongue
Once the clay was dry we painted our frogs and our mushrooms with acrylic paint and placed them in our herb planters.
For further curriculum extensions you can add in a
*cooking recipe, these SpinachWide Mouth Frogs look so yummy!
*You could order tadpoles to watch change into frogs-depends on season.
*You could explore the different kids of frogs, where they live and what they eat.
*You could extend the study into other reptiles, turtles, crocs, and even dinosaurs!-Food Chain :0
See You at the Next Studio!