Thursday, May 18, 2017

KINDERGARTEN . . . There's a mouse in Ranney School!

"If I took my mouse to Ranney School, she would go to art class and paint a picture of a flower." - Gabriella

"If You Take a Mouse to School," by Laura Numeroff is part of a series of fun stories about animals in human situations. Inspired by the theme and the illustrations in the book, we drew our own mouse characters.

Wearing a Ranney School T-shirt, our mouse friends joined us in everyday school activities. Some went to art or music or science class and some just wanted to have lunch! What would your mouse do if you brought him to school?

Here are a few more examples of our mouse stories for you to enjoy!!

"If I took my mouse to Ranney School, he would go to lunch, eat a cookie and drink some water." - Miles

"If I took my mouse to Ranney School, he would go outside and play soccer." - Christo

"If I took my mouse to Ranney School, she would catch lady bugs in science." - Annika

"If I took my mouse to Ranney School, he would celebrate his birthday with a muffin and a candle." - Harley

Second Grade . . . Going back in time

Second graders took a trip back in time, over 40,000 years ago, to the age of cave people. Cavemen drew amazingly realistic pictures of animals on the walls of caves. What kinds of art tools do you think they used? Was there a Michael's Arts and Crafts back then to buy paints and brushes?

We looked at cave paintings of early horses, buffalo and other animals. They were not only recognizable, they looked like they were drawn in action, appearing as if they were running on the walls in the caves! Surprisingly, these images of early cave art are very similar all over the world, which suggests that people were producing "art" at a much earlier time, possibly before they began to spread out across the earth.

In art class, we drew our animals in pencil and marker on big sheets of recycled paper. Then we crinkled up the drawings to create creases, just like on the surface of a rock. The animals were painted in warm earth tones, and chalk was rubbed into the background areas to represent the marks and colors of the wall.

Often, the cavemen used a hand print to signify people in their art. Taking a cue from the images we shared in class, we traced our hands near our animals to represent our signatures.

Here are a few more examples of the work in our prehistoric cave. You can also see everyone's images on