The Sun and the Wind, Empty Bowls and the Universe

On Monday the Music Class used boom whackers of different notes to create a ‘sound carpet’ underneath the story of The Sun and the Wind, the fable by Aesop. After reading it several times and making sure we all knew what it meant and discussing various morals (most thought the sun was too mean!) the children as a group discussed ideas of how to make a ‘sound carpet’, colors and tones with no melody or rhythm, to support the story. They needed to work together, try different ideas and vote on what they would compose. At the end, we performed our new piece for select faculty members and it was voted a huge success. The children worked so hard and well with each other. In our remaining time we returned to our game of ‘hide Elizabeth’s phone’ using the boom whackers to show hot and cold by playing them louder and quietly. It was a really, really fun day!

Another way McGuffey Students participate in community service is by creating banners for the yearly Empty Bowls luncheon. This year in Visual arts, grades 1-7 are making mega-banners that will depict children holding bowls. We are using our own silhouettes to form the figures, then painting the shapes in bright colors.

Be sure to mark Empty Bowls, November 10, on your calendar. Miami students and area artists donate beautiful handmade bowls for the luncheon that attendees can take home after eating homemade soup and other goodies. Money raised goes to the hungry folks in our area. More details will be coming.

This week the art room had a friendly invasion of young Science students exploring the wonders of space and volcano resources found on the internet. There are wonderful interactive websites where children of all ages can explore the known areas of inner and outer space. Ask the pilot of your starship to take you there.



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