SchoolArts Magazine

MAR 2019

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Caption Caption SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 45 richness of our New Mexico home. The children have picked up on our interest. They initiate more frequent and descriptive conversations about the sky and the weather and share poetic thoughts and observations such as, "Look at the moon. I think of my mom when I look at the moon." or "Those clouds are moving fast. I think the moon is going to fall down with the wind." They look at the sky with a new awareness. We have learned to recognize the extraordi- nary in the ordinary moments of our daily lives with students. This lesson was adapted from the early childhood resource book Beautiful Stuff from Nature, available March 2019 from Davis Publications. Mary Bliss and Dona Sosa are early child- hood teachers, and Gigi Yu is an early c hildhood art resource teacher in Albu - querque Public Schools in Albuquerque, New Mexico. marybliss57@ gmail.com, gigiyu.cit.gmail.com N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context. Recognizing the Extraordinary We believe that inspiration drawn from nature integrates thinking, doing, and being. Preschoolers enjoy taking the intangible phenomena that they experi - ence outdoors and giving them new life t hrough their inquiry and imagination. Conversations about the sky raised all of our awareness. Through this experi- ence of observing the sky over time, w e teachers have started to pay more attention to the natural wonders and

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