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Goldsworthy Art Letter to Parents - September 23, 2013
We are celebrating the arrival of autumn in our class this week through a study of art inspired by the environment.
Specifically, we will be looking at the art of Andy Goldsworthy and studying how he uses the textures and shapes of sticks, leaves or stones to express his artistic messages. His work is spectacular and very fitting with our study of plants as well. A Google search is a treat for the eyes.
Students are asked to bring in a collection of natural materials by Friday. To keep items fresh, it is suggested that they be stored in baggies if needed. As discussed with the students, items need to be a reasonable size - a collection box (shoe box) would be perfect.
Items could include leaves, stems, seeds, flowers, pebbles etc. Colour , shape and texture are important considerations.
Please be very aware of our NO NUT policy due to life threatening allergies at our school. Also, care needs to be taken with touching plants that may cause allergic reactions. As always, remind children not to eat any objects they may find without your permission!
Children will be given time to display their found natural objects in an artistic fashion. Photos will be taken of these works of art. Be sure to send in your email address, if you haven’t already, so these can be shared with home.
I’m excited and curious to see what these creative children will do with their treasures!
Thanks very much,
Mrs. Liz Howes on behalf of the Artists in 3H
Home Journal Letter - September 27, 2013
Our Home Journal programme is starting this week. Its purpose is to provide an opportunity for your child to write outside of the classroom using skills we are learning in class. Students are expected to use descriptive language when writing about their ideas, while writing in fluent and complete sentences related to a topic or main idea. Other important elements of writing include neatness, correct use of punctuation and spelling. “Good” writing leaves the reader wanting more!
Journals will be sent home at the end of the school week (usually Friday) and are due on the first day back (usually Monday). Your child will be sharing their Home Journal with the class while also answering any questions their classmates may have regarding their writing topic.
Some topics that could be used for writing include holidays, seasons, family, pets, favourite books, hobbies, toys, sports etc. I have also attached a list of ideas that you could use to inspire your child to write. Occasionally, I will assign a topic. Whatever subject that motivates your child to write is perfect!
In the journal, are some of the frameworks we have been using in class to help your child with organizing their thinking and doing their best writing. Journals take the form of a paragraph and need to be dated. Your child can explain how using the hamburger can help to build a good paragraph! Frameworks will be sent home as needed for different writing assignments such as letters, stories, lists etc. Please work with your child when completing the journal homework.
Mrs. Liz Howes
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