I love the rituals of the week. Especially those of the weekend.
Our Saturday ritual starts with walking over to St. Lukes’ School on Hudson Street where we are tutors in the GO program, one of the many wonderful outreach programs of the parent St. Lukes’ Episcopal Church. Go is for grades K – 6. The children who come to the program need special help in math, English, social studies and science. For some of them it is a need for feeling more confidence in themselves and trust in an adult. That’s where we come in.
Always there to welcome us at the gate is this lovely old statue of The Virgin Mary. In all seasons the children who attend the school adorn her with seasonal leaves and flowers. There is something so comforting and peaceful about this greeting.
I have mentioned somewhere that I taught in the after school division of the St. Luke’s School for 9 wonderful years. My class was called Art and Make Believe.
The kids ranged in age from Pre-K to 3rd grade. We not only did art, but created games which we made and played, put on plays. Scripts were often written by the students. Put on an annual circus event and more. I love being around kids and their creativity
One of my favorite parts of the Saturday at the school ritual is going up and down the hallways looking at the students art, stories and collages on the bulletin boards. It’s like being at a gallery. The child who did the print n the photo above was probably 4th grade.
Can you beat “Eye Bubble”? If I hadn’t told you who did it and said it was a contemp0rary illustrator would you have accepted that?
Dennis has been part of the GO program for 15 years. He has been working with Amadeus, now a sixth grader, for four or five years. This will be the last year because the program only includes up to the 6th grade. He’s done a good job with Amadeus.
Madison is the second grader who I have been working with for the second year now. From my experience in teaching art to children I am a firm believer in not trying to change what they do. When they ask to learn something new I am there.If they are unhappy with something I am there to listen and help. But I want to help them keep their gift as long as possible. Most start losing it in fifth or sixth grade. What if we let them teach us a few things. I’d be game. I don’t mean to sound preachy but I have felt so strongly about this every since i began teaching my art class.
Today we wrote a story and did a watercolor illustration. I like hers much better than mine and told her so. She got to take them all home. Too bad. I was hoping to take her cupcake home with me.
The ipad is a great help in practicing math and reading in a fun way.
We play a math game which she discovered on her kindle. It’s no on my i pad “.Splash Math” is colorful and lively and fun. Every correct answer earns her points and she wins prizes to fill her virtual aquarium. So far she has 3 crabs who hop around, 2 sunfish and a squid.They really are cute.Then she can play with her fish. This Saturday we read from an illustrated book of Animal Prayers. They were wonderful.
Outside the day was warm and sunny, the snow still crusty but getting scarce.
Saw crocuses, daffodils and tulips sprouting . Oh and of course pussy willows.
No tutoring for four weeks. Spring break and School cleaning.