Today I had a new group of kids. The first group of kids had a harder time of concentrating because there were a couple kids with ADHD in the classroom that needed some attention to make them focus. But they made watercolor butterflies. The second group of kids had a better attention span. They were also more eager to include in what they were doing and asked me to paint and draw with them. They also were very talkative and were comfortable enough around me to start joking around.
Both the classes that I helped with in the classroom had a concert that day, so the kids were very excited about it and their ability to focus on their projects was minimal. Because the teacher knew that they would be very excited on this day, she chose a project that was easier for them to do. We made knights out of aluminum foil and glued them onto paper. For the second class, we did a "Watch Me Draw" because they had just gotten out of their concert and some students were getting picked up to leave early. This was a good idea because the kids still had something to do to occupy them, but if a student was missing, it wasn't a big deal that they missed that certain project.
Today, the first group of kids worked on making castles and/or dragons out of clay. It was a new group of kids than the class that I usually help with, so it was a bit awkward at first to work with them. But I walked around and helped the kids out with what they needed like usual. The second group of kids worked on painting their eggs that they made with Lily. I walked around just asking them about what they were painting on the eggs and if they didn't know, I would try to help them come up with ideas.
Today, Lily was teaching what I believe was her student teaching lesson. It was about Ukrainian eggs called pysanka. So I walked around the classroom and asked kids if they needed help and would remind them to stay on task and listen. The first class had a better attention span than the second class but everyone still got their work done with lots of enthusiasm, even though they were sometimes very hyper and active. At this age, they seem to be very active, enthusiastic, and independent about what they are doing, but they are also open to help and suggestions.
This day was an early release day so I did not stay in the classroom for too long. The kids made little mosaic tiles for a big school mural/mosaic going up. They all got clay slabs and made little circles with whatever they wanted inside of the slab.
Going to the classroom was a very fun experience. I was able to help out with two classes. The kids learned how to make masks today out of a clay slab which was very fun. In one class, I mainly helped out at one table, but in the next class, I helped out around the entire classroom and walked around helping kids who needed it. Overall, it was a very fun experience and the two hours moved by very quickly.
The kids had a sub today and they did checkerboard art. I wandered around the room and helped students who had questions. I had a lot of fun with my first day in a classroom. I like working with all the kids instead of just one.