Sunday, November 22, 2015

Fifth Grade Fish Prints

While the First graders made wax paper pumpkin prints, the Fifth graders explored the same techniques with a koi fish theme.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

We're Gonna Use Wax Paper for WHAT?

"We're gonna use wax paper for WHAT?" That's been the most oft repeated question from our young artists lately....and to be honest.....with good reason! No, we haven't been cooking during art class. We've been PRINTING...with WAX PAPER! I wish I could say the idea was originally mine, but I saw it somewhere on the internet; and unfortunately, since I didn't bookmark the site I can't give credit where credit is due. Wish I could though! Below you will find a few pictures and an explanation of the process. One of the great things about this project is that it worked as well with first graders as it did with sixth graders!

The process is pretty simple. After the children drew a simple design on manila paper, we topped the art paper with a piece of waxed paper and then construction paper stapling the three together like a book. Next, students used the wax paper like tracing paper and painted a small portion of their pictures. While the paint was still wet, we placed the construction paper on top of it to make a print. Then, we repeated the process until the picture was complete.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Fast and Furious Fingers

Mavis Beacon and I just wanted to give a shout out to these kiddos whose fingers were REALLY flying during typing practice today! Our goal is for every PDS student to be typing at least 25 WPM by the time they graduate 6th grade. These speedy boys and girls are well on their way!

Katie  -  24WPM

Walker - 23 WPM

Rachel - 41WPM......yes, that's right.....41! I think I'm going to have to up her goal!

Charlie - 22 WPM

Samantha - 41 WPM.....yep, another 41! Wonder how fast she'll be typing in May?

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Oh, My Word! (Microsoft Word that is!)

The PDS Computer classes are in full swing, and our boys and girls have been busy bees! K4 and K5 students are learning how to manipulate the mouse, while the 1st and 2nd graders are honing their reading skills on Our third through sixth graders have been focusing on learning how to create various documents in Microsoft Word. And of course, the big kids are also practicing their typing skills!