Jefferson Elementary Students Celebrated the Winter Solstice
The students in Mrs. Scasso's fourth grade class celebrated the Winter Solstice
with a found nature activity, which brought together the worlds of art,
citizenship and mindfulness. First, the students learned the meaning behind
mandalas and their origin. They then took a walk outside to find natural
objects such as, rocks, leaves, and branches, to create their unique pieces of
art. After they were done creating, they observed their artwork and
reflected on the experience. The following are some student reflections:
"Making the mandalas was calming and interesting because every mandala was
different and beautiful. I want to do it more often and with different
materials. It was so fun?" "The mandalas make me feel
like life is a circle because of the symmetric vibe." "Mandalas made
from nature remind me that everyone is different, just like our thumbprints,
and it reminds me of meditation." "The mandalas showed me that
you can do art anywhere, and there is more to nature than just leaves and
trees." Scasso's class is familiar with the concept of mindfulness and
start each day with meditation. "There was so much joy and camaraderie
felt during activity! I was truly moved."
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