I hate to say it, but “Step aside, Suess! There’s a new cat in town, and instead of a hat, he’s wearin’ SHOES!”
Can’t think of a better way to kick off our summer session than with a romping rendition of Eric Litwin’s Pete the Cat.
After singin’ along with Pete, everyone got to show off their own shoes (great way to reinforce color identification, as each child shared the color of his or her shoes). Then, with help from the grown-ups as needed, each child traced and decorated his shoes and cut them out.
Then came the REAL fun…painting the piles of colors to “step” in!
Last, the kiddos placed their shoes in the colorful splashes, swirls, and piles of paint.
And what would an art class for tots and preschoolers be without at least one renegade who shunned the shoes altogether to do her own thing?
Like Pete the Cat says, “It’s ALL GOOD!” I like his CAT-titude!
“…Let me tell you what we think about children. They’re hardwired for struggle when they get here. And when you hold those perfect little babies in your hand, our job is not to say, ‘Look at her, she’s perfect. My job is just to keep her perfect — make sure she makes the tennis team by fifth grade and Yale by seventh grade.’ That’s not our job. Our job is to look and say, ‘You know what? You’re imperfect, and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.’ That’s our job. Show me a generation of kids raised like that, and we’ll end the problems I think that we see today.” — Brene Brown
This is something I have thought about doing for
years, and I am excited to finally be taking the plunge. I will be offering these workshops in both Falls Church and Alexandria this winter, with more to come in Spring and Summer. I plan to also add dates in the coming months at the Herndon Community Center, so stay tuned!
It’s easy to register through the following links: