For art, our kids have been talking about and looking at mosaics. We looked at ancient mosaics, and I showed them pictures of many of the mosaics we saw in Israel. We looked online at all kinds of mosaics, ancient and modern, and talked about different mediums and historical aspects and cultural expression. We walked around downtown and looked at stained glass, and how that is mosaic. We even talked about the art project we did a year ago about healing our hearts in our family, and how that was actually a mosaic project.
We also talked about Emma Biggs, a professional mosaic artist from the UK. She creates art for the public, the home, businesses, and communities. Her work is created with the local community or school children. Much of her work is now held in public galleries, museums and private collections. This artist is still living and just put out a new show of work in October 2010.
In science, they have been learning about fish. We spent a lot of time studying how gills work:
We also talked a lot about fish having scales. We couldn’t talk about this without reading the Rainbow Fish! It’s such a great book, not just emphasizing the concept of fish scales, but really being about friendship and sharing and being kind. It’s so important that even the baby has her own board book of the story that the kids love to read to her!
That’s how we ended up with our art project of making mosaic “rainbow fish” by using the eggshells from our colored Easter eggs! They really loved it, and it was so fun to use the entire egg for something. Using the shells instead of only doing another paper project gave them more colors, more shades and variety of those colors, and lots of texture for learning and shaping and good sensory input for occupational and physical therapy as they placed the tiny pieces where they wanted them. It turned out really well!