I started an exciting Art project with Maya’s class today that I will work on with them throughout the rest of the Kindergarten year. A few weeks ago I had the idea that I wanted to paint a tree on the classroom window, and then make seasonal items with the Children to decorate the tree. I ended up painting two trees as I liked the way it would look for the trees to form an arch in the windows. Being Fall, the first item to go on our trees was to be golden leaves….so today, Elle and I spent an hour and a half with Maya’s class, painting and making leaves. Made from yellow and orange tissue paper, painted on one side with red acrylic paint, and then glued together with a piece of yarn for the stem. It was the perfect project for them, simple and quick, and as a whole very effective. I loved spending time with the Children, and I am quickly learning all of their names. The Children enjoyed this task and it is a lovely way to decorate their classroom – with relevance. At the end of the lesson, when the Children left for their Music class, Mrs O, the Teacher’s Aid, said, “Can you come every day?”. I said I would like to come once a month, and they talked me into once every second week. When we return from Australia, the leaves will come down, and Winter snow flakes will go up…I am looking forward to Spring, during which I plan to sew felt flowers with the children, and grow wheat grass at the base. Then Summer it will be green leaves and toadstools. Hmmm….what else shall our trees have…birds, bees and butterflies I think!