The After School Enrichments had a very successful year. Students had the opportunity to participate in STEM programs, visual art, dance, piano, violin, soccer, volleyball, running, and many other activities. On Thursday, the art programs had the inaugural Fine Arts Showcase. The afternoon started with a gallery walk, as spring art students showed off their works of art. Mrs. Heinlein is a talented teacher, and the student’s hard work was evident in their beautiful creations.
After the gallery walk, the performances began. Students from the Young 3s-3rd grade have been working hard all year on the violin, piano and dance. All performing arts were showcased, as each and every student participated! The Parish Hall at the Church of the Good Shepherd, where the event was held, was packed to the point of standing room only!
Check out the Auxiliary Programs Website to view all the pictures.
Every year Augusta University celebrates the El Día del Idioma (Day of the Language) and EDS was invited to participate. This year three of my 6th graders participated by reciting and acting out a poem, Los Cariños del Gato by Rafael Pombo, a Colombian writer. The three students did a great job and were recognized by the Department of Languages at AU.
The kindergarten classes have been studying the life cycle of chickens from egg to chick, to adult chicken. We put 7 eggs in our classroom incubator 3 weeks ago and watched closely for 21 days until 6 of them finally hatched last Wednesday!
The 7th graders celebrated Earth Day by creating photo or video essays, with the theme “The World is Just Awesome!” With the world right outside our classroom door, students collected photos and images to support this task.
4th graders learned all about Banyan Trees, beautiful trees that originate in India. These trees are known for their multiple trunks and twisting branches. The branches of this tree send out roots from the top to anchor into the soil. We kicked off this project by admiring images of Banyan trees and their trunk-like roots.
Following these steps, students created their own full-page renderings of banyan trees.
When the pencil drawings were complete, students outlined with sharpies.
Next, 4th graders carefully painted in their bark with india ink.
After a quick chalk pastel demonstration, 4th graders filled in each of their encloses spaces with chalk pastel. Students used Q-tips to blend in the small areas and were encouraged to mix lots of colors.
Check out some finished work!
This lesson came from one of the first books I was given when I became an art teacher: Dynamic Art Projects for Children, by Denise M. Logan. I highly recommend this book!
Great work, 4th Grade!