Allison Logan and Claudette Jones held a parent meeting this past Wednesday. The goals were:
- To explore collage, portrait, and self-portrait.
- To discuss at home options and materials for collage.
- To explore uses for collage and portrait/self-portrait for learning at home with their children.
- To engage parents in conversations with their neighbors and school leaders, developing a sense of camaraderie.
Allison writes: “The parents gathered together and we viewed the art print “Mom and Dad,” doing an I see and I wonder. We discussed the concept that a portrait is of someone else and a self-portrait is of myself. We then looked at all of the collage materials and discussed how they might use them to create a self-portrait or a portrait of someone they knew, like their son/daughter.
As they began working, conversations began occurring between the moms about choices and current life happenings. Claudette Jones, a family worker was able to circle through the room and talk with parents as they worked. The moms worked for a solid hour, happily- with smiles and joy. This group thoroughly enjoys the creative process and takes pride in their work every month.
At the end, we discussed what materials they had at home that they could use for collage. Wrapping paper, yarn, material, buttons were on the top of the list. We discussed the benefit of doing this activity with their child and the learning opportunities it could create. The parents offered several ideas, including making a portrait of a character from a book, a portrait of a family member with a letter, or even a collage to create a book setting.
I am amazed each month at the sense of community the Total Learning coffee talks inspire……at the same time, inspiring ideas and creativity.”
This is the last parent meeting of the year, and we look forward to these parents bringing their friends with them next year! Thanks to Agnes Dubow, Parent/Home Coordinator, for helping to arrange these meetings.