Friday, March 5, 2010

fingerprint friday

There is a song by Steven Curtis Chapman that says: I can see the fingerprints of god. When I look at you, I can see the fingerprints of god. And I know its true. You're a masterpiece, that all creation quietly applauds. And you're covered with the fingerprints of god.

So look around you and see where YOU can see God's fingerprints.
Is it in nature? Kids? Animals? Where do you see them?

I teach Kindergarten. I teach kids. I teach them the days of the week, the months of the year. I teach them colors and shapes. I teach them to use scissors correctly. I teach them to wipe their noses by themselves. I teach them to make friends. I teach them not to tattle. I teach them about being safe. I teach them to love each other. I teach them to use the computer.
I teach them to count. I teach them to write. I teach them to read. I (try to ) teach them to sit quietly. I teach them to cut and paste, to color, to share, to exercise, to write their names, to add and subtract. I teach them to love school. And sometimes, when we have time, I can teach them to draw.
For Read Across America, we drew the Cat in the Hat.
The first, and only rule I have during art, is the kids are not allowed to say "I can't".
I can not believe how well they did.

It's a rough time for schools right now. It's not looking good.
More friends will lose their jobs, more kids added to our roster.
It makes me want to run away.
But, for now, I can only work with things within my control, within my classroom.
So, we do ALL the things I mentioned. AND we do art.

Check out The Rusted Chain for more inspiration!


Rosebud Collection said...

I can not believe how wonderful they did..Wow..Just beautiful.
Think how you are forming their souls..great job.

Mom said...

These are GREAT! I'm always so happy to see kids' artwork, whether it's Jack's space pieces or Molly's scrawls, or Jacob's painting (I always smile when I see the framed flowers on my kitchen wall).
Glad you're still able to spend some time on the creative side of teaching; it's a great break for everyone! Good job, Mrs. Cooper!

Jennifer said...

That is amazing!! I can't even draw that well (oops I said I can't). What an improvement your class has made from the beginning of the year :).

artsyclay said...

How fun your class must be! Great artwork!

Shalimar and David said...

Those drawings really look great!! I love your "one rule"...that is so great to teach!

Carol said...

Ahhhh....these are just beautiful! It's obvious you are a gifted teacher!! What beautiful Fingerprints of God you are enabling these little ones to portray!

(I taught 2nd and 3rd grade for eeons!!)

The Paines said...

So impressive! Those kids are so blessed to have a teacher like you. Things like Read Across American really make me miss those magically moments in the classroom.

JDiLuigi said...

Those ARE AWESOME! You are a great teacher. Can you please come teach my students art (and to stop tattling)???

The Ninofrancos said...

I'm going to share your rule with my students. We have art on Monday, and there's almost always one who gets close to tears out of frustration.