Wordcraft – S for Shell

This week’s approach to Wordcraft is slightly different from the usual.

Over time, the kids have grown to want more autonomy in deciding the outcome of their art work. At the end of the day, if that results in their being able to drive their own learning, that’d be more than I originally set out to achieve. 🙂

That and, I don’t think we’d collected enough seashells to form the word s h e l l, ha!

So, instructions which go in two separate directions – one what we’d traditionally do, and the other, what we actually did.

Materials: Seashells, white glue, cardstock, pencil (optional).

1. Go to the beach, hang out a little and remember to collect some seashells.

2a. On the cardstock, pencil out the letters, s h e l l. Apply the white glue and arrange the seashells following the outline.

2b. On the cardstock, apply the white glue and arrange your seashells as you like.

* Clockwise from top: “Smorrrrrgasbord!” by DS, “Flower” by me, thematic “Fans” and “Cones” by DD.

Reading: Sharing a Shell – written by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Lydia Monks.

Synopsis (from The Book Depository): The tiny hermit crab loves his new shell. He doesn’t want to share it – not with a blobby purple anemone and a tickly bristleworm. But life in the rock pool proves tougher than Crab thinks, and soon he finds he needs his new housemates in this rollicking story of sea, shells and friendship.

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