Saturday, April 21, 2012

Paint Me A Poem -- Literacy, Music, Art, Faith and Sensory Diet in One

La Samaritaine tableau
Nursery rhymes, painting techniques and images of Bible stories.  What do these three things have in common?  Each are being explored by preschoolers and me throughout the Paint Me A Poem course I am teaching at our spring homeschooling co-op.

Co-op began this past Monday, and, as always, experiencing it together is is a delight.  Faith, friends and fun wrapped up in a great morning of learning and sharing followed by lunch time with homeschool friends at a nearby playground.

This term, I am teaching a Dinosaur Delight class as well as the Paint Me a Poem course which started well and aims to help preschoolers:

  • sharpen their language skills through examining the rhythm and rhyme of five classic nursery rhymes
  • experiment with instruments through mimicking the cadence of simple poems.
  • investigate art concepts related to color and movement through utilizing a variety of painting techniques and tools.
  • sharpen their observation skills through participating in group picture studies. 
  • become more familiar with characters and stories from the Bible through sharing prior knowledge and listening to new stories.
Plus, of course, get a full dose of sensory activities!

Today, I thought I would share the plan I created for the first day of the course as an example of how others might weave typical pre-k fare with faith formation.  It features:

  • Jack and Jill
  • Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at the Well
  • Golf Ball Painting 

To download the complete first Paint Me A Poem lesson plan to use with your children, just click here.

Please feel free to use and adapt the plan to suit your own needs and to direct others to this post to get a copy for themselves.  

Of course, if you do use the plan, I would be delighted if you would be sure to stop back here to leave a comment telling me how it went. 


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