Afterschool Art Class: Grass Heads and Pinwheels

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Grassheads are people too! ( And they are so easy to make. )  We had a blast on a nice spring day making these little buddies.  All you will need are some knee high stockings, grass seeds, potting mix, elastic bands, googly eyes and some glue.  Place a handful of seed in the toe of the stocking, then add the dirt and tie.  Decorate as you wish!  Water as needed and don’t let them get too dry!  Depending on your seed they should sprout in 7-14 days.

Have fun!

At Home Alone Safety Program: Grades 4-6

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A huge thank you to the Carlyle RCMP, Volunteer Fire Department and Supreme Ambulance for once again teaching our kids what to do if they find themselves at home alone.

The At Home Alone Safety Program helps kids ages 10-12 learn what to do in case of an emergency and how to be prepared for situations when may be home alone.  The program enlists the help of the emergency services to guide the students through street safety, when to call 9-1-1, fire safety and basic first aid training.

Thank you to the RBC Foundation for making this program possible!

Afterschool Art Class: Playdough

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Last week at the Afterschool Art Program we had a ton of fun making and playing with homemade Play Dough.  The recipe was super simple and didn’t need a stove.  It was a little stinky, so I might suggest using kool-aid powder as your food colouring.  Kept in an air tight container this dough will last a few weeks.  Longer if kept in the fridge.  Have Fun!

Easy Play Dough

  • 1 C White Flour
  • 1/2 C Salt
  • 2 TBLS Cream of Tartar
  • 1 TBLS Cooking Oil
  • Food Color
  • 1 Cup Hot Water
  1. Mix your water and food colour separately.
  2. Mix together dry ingredients and cooking oil until blended.
  3. Add water, mix well.  You may need to add a bit more flour to get a good consistency.  It is very sticky at first but as it cools becomes more workable.

Active Afterschool Program: Manor / Arcola March Roundup

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The Manor / Arcola After School Activity program had a busy March!  We took part in lots of dodge ball and out door active play and dabbled in some pizza baking and science!  If you haven’t tried dancing milk, elephant toothpaste and exploding soda with mentos – I highly recommend!

Active Afterschool Program: Moose Mountain Soccer

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For the Active Afterschool Activity Program this March the Moose Mountain Soccer crew visited the Carlyle Elementary School to offer a free soccer clinics to interested students.  Over the course of the month students were invited by grade level to learn some new skills, drills and play a couple of games.  This year we had over 60 students participate in our soccer clinics!  Thanks to South East Connection and Moose Mountain Soccer for supporting these events!

Afterschool Art: The Starry Night

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This week at Afterschool Art Class students learned about Vincent Van Gogh and his painting: The Starry Night.   We started again with a short artist bio before going into the lesson.  For this project we used:

  • Short Artist Bio
  • Examples of the Painting: A Starry Night
  • An outline of the painting: A Starry Night
  • Black paper
  • Chalk or Oil Pastels

I asked the students to use the outline that I had drawn as a starting point for their pictures.  Using black pastel students copied my example onto their own page.  They were then shown how to make many small lines (or dashes) in layers of different colours.  This was difficult for the students as most wanted to colour their pictures like they would a colouring book.   Try to encourage them to use short lines and blend those colours!  My only rule was that all of the paper had to be filled in with colour before they could call their works finished.

See you next week for Henri Matisse!