How to paint.

March 7, 2008

Journal, Lauren

Today was an unusual day for me. The elementary schools were not in session, so our center was full of ‘big kids’, as we call them. Since our schedules switch around on days like this and I have a student teacher who gets to be in charge of my class full-time, I got to hang out with the 3-year-olds this morning. I was a little worried about how we’d spend the day since I didn’t know their schedule, but for 96% of the time it was smooth sailing. I set up some things to do at tables, the girls played dress-up all morning, and of course, we had painting.

Now, I’m a bit of a control freak, and in my own classroom I ask the children to paint with just one brush at a time. This little guy was using two brushes, and as my reminder came out automatically, I stopped and realized – using two brushes is the only way anyone should paint. Ever.

You can’t see the brushes, just the results!

Here’s one of the tables. I rolled out a big sheet of paper and put the sea creatures on it. They played with it for a while and then I said they could color it like the ocean if they wanted. I was thinking they’d make lots of wavy lines, but they came up with ‘homes’ for all the animals. Those nutty nuts.

Do YOU have a cowboy hat?

Plain ol’ paper

It was a very nice Friday. How was yours?

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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14 Responses to “How to paint.”

  1. Karla Said on:

    My Friday was long. Very long. I had more than enough to do -- create and run a report for a regional manager who was wondering how many IRA accounts each of his branches opened for each month in 2007, write a memo to the branches about how someone jacked up the interest rates on over 9000 CD accounts (Grrrr), email a client (my friend Cory) that I was taking care of closing his accounts, rewrite the memo about the CDs… But the day just dragged on and on and on and on. My whole week was like that.

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  2. Brad Said on:

    I, too, spent my Friday with people older than my usual crowd. They didn’t paint though. And certainly not with two brushes.

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  3. Deanne Said on:

    I got up at 4:30 and set up my meeting space. then I met with IT to see if they could help me with some spreadsheet difficulties. by 7:30 I was in the meeting room drinking coffee and chatting it up. The meeting went until 1:00. Then I went with one of my attendees to hike Camelback mountain (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camelback_Mountain). Then I sat in the hot tub, went out for tapas, and went to bed.

    Next time, Karla is coming with me so that she can avoid those stinkin’ reports and not have to worry about hectic children when she gets home. Just hot tubs and spreadsheets. Right, Karla?

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  4. Deborah Said on:

    We went to an all Lutheran schools carnival night which was held at the high school. This is the first year for it, and it was a huge success. My girls had a blast.

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  5. Kristi Said on:

    I went to Storytime, ate lunch at the YMCA, and then spent 3 hours at a children’s discovery zone. Since there were lots of dress-up clothes and my daughter LOVES “Little House on the Prairie,” I got to wear Mrs. Oleson’s apron and tend the mercantile while my daughter dressed up as Caroline and brought in the eggs she had gathered. I gave her 15 cents for a dozen. She was pleased.

    Last night I watched my first ever Die Hard movie; it was the latest installment. [I know, I’m so behind the times.]

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    • Lauren Said on:

      Ha! I was such a Laura Ingalls freak when I was little! I had it all, the bonnet, a couple of lanterns (no kerosene,though), and I used to wear this one old dress all the time. We are kindred souls, Joanna. (I’m probably spelling it wrong.) In fact, with all this bread baking, I just re-read “These Happy Golden Years” to read about the pantry that Almonzo built for Laura. They kept their sugar and flour in drawers. In drawers, I say! Were there no ants in pioneer times??

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      • Peggy Said on:

        I love the Little House. Laura Ingalls lived thru such an amazing stretch of time didn’t she? From the covered wagon to the automobile. I love the show (especially Pa-he’s the perfect man), and the real life stories are just as fascinating. I actually researched the show & real life of them all to see what was true in the show. Mary never really married, but was blind. Almonzo was really 10 years older than Laura & I really like seeing pictures of the real people.

        My Friday started out with such glee … then went downhill all the way.

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    • Peggy Said on:

      BTW Kristi: You & I both know that Mrs. Oleson would NEVER give Caroline 15 cents for her eggs.

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  6. Deborah Said on:

    Every time I have my girls watch “Little House” (It’s on every day on our PBS station, KBYU (Ha!)) someone is dying in a fire. Therefore they don’t care for the show. I have read them “Little House in the Big Woods”. They loved that but asked way too many questions.

    For those of you who know grammar, I realize the show and book should be underlined or italicized, but I don’t know how to do that, so I put quotation marks.

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  7. Jill Said on:

    I know I’m behind a few days, but my Friday was spent looking at 8 houses in Lincoln…15 degrees, crazy wind, and 2 fresh inches of snow on the ground. It was not pleasant.

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