They are non toxic Stockmar Beeswax Stick Crayons. Along the ‘less is more’ ethos, children are given handmade ‘crayon rolls’ which sit in the back of the single lidded desks. A workshop in the summer saw parents cutting and sewing away. Sadly we were unable to attend, but we were emailed a sewing pattern in case we wanted to attempt it from home.
Stockmar wax crayons meet the highest artistic standards. Through the addition of pure beeswax as a binding agent, the light-resistant pigments display their purity and full brilliance. Because they are mixed with wax, the colors are able to be used in a wide range of interesting coloring techniques – more than any other coloring material. The natural transparency of the wax and the lack of additives result in a high degree of opacity like that of watercolors. They are also available in singles and in block form.
Something we have received from the school is a flower rota. Each week, one child & their parent/s bring in a bunch of seasonal flowers or greenery from their garden. This reinforces learning around the seasons, as well as being decorative. Our week is the last week of term in July, before the summer holidays 2014, so plenty of time to plan!
Here are some more things our daughter (Dd) said;
‘At school you fill the whole page with colour, not one gap!’
Dd: ‘Our teacher says ‘nap’ and we all stand behind our desks. Then she says ‘nop’ and we all stand on our desks. Then we sing a song.’
Me: ooh maybe I should make up a word for ‘give me a hug’.
Dd: how about you just say ‘give me a hug’ ?
Me: yes but it’s like a whole different language.
Dd: it is! its Spanish!
‘Sometimes I sit on the window ledge …(whispering) but I’m not supposed to!’
‘You go to the egg and have outdoor lessons sometimes, it’s hidden.’
Dd: ‘Our desks are in rows. I am in Rosehip row. I sit next to Ro. Ro in Rosehip row.’
‘Mummy, can you choose my clothes everyday?’
(Talking about personal space)
‘Our teacher says in the line at the canteen, there is a pillow in front, and a pillow behind. So you have a space this big (showing me with her arms) between each child. It isn’t real…… but she knows that.’
(To the tune of If You’re Happy and You Know It)
Beinos Dias Bella mocha
Bonas Dias xx gracias (shaking hand)
(Putting a crayon on her shoulder)
“Our teacher says it is a little Birdy (kissing the crayon) Come on Birdy let’s do some drawing”