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New World Kids at Smith Elementary

by Cassie Swayze, Programs Assistant

Earlier this month I had the privilege of visiting Christin Davis’ kindergarten and first grade classes at Smith Elementary. Using the New World Kids curricula this semester, Miss Christin’s students are exploring the sensory alphabet which includes:

  • Line
  • Shape
  • Space, color
  • Rhythm
  • Light, sound
  • Texture
  • Movement

We discussed Color by learning what a collage is and making original collages out of magazines. Miss Christin invited me to speak briefly as an informal Guest Artist about my own collages. Then together we guided her students to create unique collages.

The kindergarten class created collages using one color: red race cars, brick buildings, and apples cut out of magazines combined to make new designs. Miss Christin’s class of first graders was prompted to illustrate something they did that day or how they were feeling. It was an opportunity to reflect while showing what they learned from our discussion of Color. There were a few collages that stood out: one student used only triangles to illustrate her collage while another explored different types of lines found in various magazines. It was interesting to see different parts of the Sensory Alphabet present in these images.

I learned that I can do whatever I want with my imagination.

As we wrap up this year, I am thrilled to see our New World Kids classrooms’ work this semester, including the collages we made at Smith, displayed in galleries at their respective sharings. The entire Sensory Alphabet will be represented in their galleries, an exciting exploration of creative thinking.

About Creative Action’s After School Program:

  • 82% of students felt they could use art to express themselves
  • 97% reported that they kept trying to figure things out until they understand them

New Children’s Books for New World Kids

by Cassie Swayze, After School Programs Associate AmeriCorps VISTA

Earlier this month Sarah Rinner, our Elementary Program Director, shared some exciting news about our New World Kids (NWK) curricula. NWK engages children with the creative thinking process by exploring the Sensory Alphabet, including:

  • Line
  • Shape
  • Rhythm
  • Space
  • Color, and more

The addition of New World Kids to our Afterschool programs meant we were able to add a lot of new children’s books to the Creative Action library. Here are a few of my favorites:

Color Zoo, Lois Ehlert explores shape by using animals’ faces constructed out of triangles, rectangles, squares, and circle cutouts. Flipping through the pages of this clever storybook a bear face morphs into a lion; a lion becomes a rabbit; and a rabbit transforms into a mouse.

 

Lines that Wiggle, Candace Whitman explores line by following a glittery line through various escapades like the wavy lines of an octopus’ arms; the lines that sprout a seed; and rainbow lines that are way up high.

 

My Friends/Mis Amigos, Taro Gomi explores movement by following the adventures of an adorable little girl who likes to walk like her favorite animals. She climbs trees like her friend the monkey; kicks like her friend the gorilla; explores the earth like an ant; and studies like her friends the teachers.

 

 

In other Afterschool news, today is Lights on Afterschool! Lights on Afterschool is a nationwide celebration designed to call attention to the importance of afterschool programs for America’s children, families and communities.

P.S. My favorite type of pie is strawberry rhubarb.

Join us at I Spy Pie! on Saturday, October 20th at Central Market North. 12 – 3 p.m.
Family fun, arts and crafts and pie for families of all ages!