We created, I have a dream projects, after we talked again about MLK. We are all about accepting others and creating an environment for equality and acceptance. In 4K we try to accept everyone for who they are and we grow in ourselves as well as a community to learn about one another. We cut out two hands (one tan and one brown) and interlocked their fingers with a heart that says, "I have a dream." Then I had the students trace the words, "I have a dream to be a..." Once they did this they told me what they dreamed to be when they got older. I wrote it on a post-it and they were to copy it (using their finger spacing if more than one word) onto their paper to complete the sentence. They are really growing from the first day of school. Some wanted to be princesses the first day or a transformer and now they want to be teachers, constructions workers, etc. Working on our "I have a dream to be a..." projects, and one of my boys and one of my girls comes up to me and they say, "Ms. Luce, I want to be a mom and he wants to be a dad. Maybe when we are older we will live together!" The things kids say are so funny, I can't wait to see where each of these 16 amazing 4K friends goes in their lives. They will all do amazing things and impact so many more people, I can say this because they have definitely made an imprint on my heart forever!
On Wednesday, we created I have a dream headbands! These will be able to show all that come in contact with our students that they are accepting of all and they have dreams! :) They really loved doing the headbands! HAPPY PAJAMA DAY! It was a great day and the kids were determined to get their headbands done! They really are doing well with their coloring.
Thursday, we talked about how we are all different in many different ways and that makes the community better; if we were all the same that would make life boring. So what we did is we read the Day the Crayons Quit, to switch things up a bit. Then we tied that back to Martin Luther King Jr. and diversity, meaning not everyone is the same, etc. They know that having different people in life creates a better sense of community and makes life more exciting. We each wrote our name in pencil on our crayon, then traced it with marker. They were allowed to create any type of crayon that they would like! (In previous post from Thursday)
Friday, the kids were so excited! Talking about Martin Luther King Jr. all week and learning about embracing others differences,etc. We looked at crayons and how they are different which the kids really took a liking and understanding to. Today we read one of my kids favorite books (YAY) The Colors of Us. (**You can purchase this book on AMAZON for as little as $2.75) This talks about paint being different skin colors and how they are all beautiful. Tying in crayons from yesterday I decided that I wanted to create some fun and meaningful art projects with the kids involving different colors of crayons in one crayon. Showing that all colors together make a more beautiful looking picture or product than sometimes just one.