Aviary Remodel

Aviary Remodel

To foster stewardship and community throughout PSA,  classrooms have volunteered to care for different areas of our school. The White Room teachers and children chose to care for the zebra finches and the aviary. To get to know these birds better and to begin to understand what their aviary habitat might require,we began by discussing, observing … Continue reading

Exploring Light and Shadow

Exploring Light and Shadow

Lights and shadows are naturally intriguing subjects, and many of our classrooms explore these concepts with all ages of children. These vast concepts allow our students to explore light from many perspectives. Take a look below at the many ways PSA has been looking at light lately. Light Tables and Loose Materials In the art … Continue reading

Drawing Many Ways

Drawing Many Ways

One of our youngest classrooms has slowly started to add in more art experiences within the classroom, either with a teacher or on their own. So far this year, we have only brought out art and drawing materials when they could be supervised by a teacher, but today, we started offering paper and crayons on the … Continue reading

Loose Parts Self-Portraits

Loose Parts Self-Portraits

For the past couple of weeks, the children have been working on their self-portraits for a collaborative piece to hang in the Gold Room. To support their developing self-concept in the art studio, the children created 3D self-portraits from “loose parts”.  The children created their likeness by arranging  jewelry, washers, and metal pieces, etc. to … Continue reading

Exploring Music Visually

Exploring Music Visually

After spending the last couple weeks focusing on the way our bodies can move, the Purple Room decided to spend today thinking about how sound moves, or what would it look like if we could see it move. We began by considering some general questions about music. The intention was to make the connection between … Continue reading

Social and Emotional Growth

Social and Emotional Growth

Social and emotional growth is fostered at Preschool of the Arts through curiosity and strong relationships. Practicing emotional regulation and social interaction help young children become engaged and successful throughout their childhood. Below are some moments of progress as observed by one of our teaching teams. Two students practice taking turns, effective communication, and patience … Continue reading

The Many Languages of Learning

The Many Languages of Learning

In reflecting about class growth and learning, we often notice that there is one distinct commonality: the many ways in which we see children expressing themselves. We see self expression taking on various forms. From the more obvious examples of verbal communication and body language (or gestures), to the more abstract examples of non-verbal communication.  We … Continue reading

Slide Construction at PSA

Slide Construction at PSA

Easily the most exciting thing to happen on the playground this fall was the installation of the slide.  The children were able to watch the work happen from behind the safety fence.   They asked each worker their name, and wanted to watch as frequently as possible.  Sometimes children would just sit in the chairs while nothing was … Continue reading