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Daily Archives: June 14, 2010

The teacher observed that Kayann was at the paintng centre and was mixing paint colours together on her picture.


T–”How were you able to make that colour Kayann?”

S–”First you take some red and then you mix in some blue, like this, and you get purple!”

T–”That’s great! Do you know how to make any other colours?”

S–”Yes! If you mix some red with some yellow, like this, (she demonstrates on her painting) you get orange!”

T– “Wow! That’ amazing!”


S–”And I can make another colour too, like this. (She mixes yellow and blue) Look! I get green!”

T–”You’ve made some interesting colours. I wonder if you can make any more. What do you think will happen if you try to mix the three colours you’ve mixed already–some red, blue and yellow.”


S–”Let’s see. Can I just try it?” 

She mixes the three colours together.

S–”OH!!! A mud colour! Brown! I found out how to make brown! It’s kind of a muddy colour!”

T–”That’s exciting!”

S–”Yes, and you know, I know how to make another colour..I know how to make white, but I can’t tell you how because it’s a secret!. I can tell you just a little. Some of the colours you use are pink and yellow but that’s all I can tell you!”


Kayann then invited a friend to join her and she asked her to add some ideas of her own to the painting. Another student, Sarah, sat down beside them and discussed the painting.

Sarah–”I really like your painting Kayann. I want to copy some of it because your painting is so beautiful. But I’m going to make some other things in my painting too.”

Kayann allowed her to copy it for a short time and then she removed her painting from the easel.


Sarah–”I didn’t put a tree like Kayann but I put a pink sky and some dots and the stars are moving.

T–”How did you show that the stars are moving?”

Sarah–”I put some stripes beside the stars so that tells you that they’re moving!”

T–”That’s a good idea!”

Sarah–”O.K! I’m done!”

Two students, Angel and Hakima, were at the chart stand talking together and drawing a picture.


T–I like your picture! Tell me about what you are drawing.

Angel–We’re drawing together. It’s a flower story. It’s called “Rainbow Land” We just thought about it and decided to make the picture and the story. It was my idea!

Hakima–It was my idea too!

Angel–We said, “Let’s draw a picture of you, me and our moms.” We’re going to make the words up for the story tomorrow.

Hakima–Yes we’ll write the words tomorrow.

T–It sounds like it will be an interesting story!


After 5 to 10 minutes the teacher returned to see how the girls were progressing with their picture, only to find that more students had joined in the community picture!.


Angel–”I asked some other people to draw because we didn’t have enough time to finish it.”

T–It’s nice to have other people helping.


Angel–”Yes, It’s fun together and it’s nice to have everyone help. They can draw some special things that they want in the picture. Or we can give them some ideas if they want.”

T–It’s going to be a wonderful picture and I’ll be interested to hear the story.

Angel–O.K. everyone, you can have a rest now, when I’m done colouring this.!”