Seems like I have been waiting FOREVER to share this post with you, but I wanted to wait until the final products were hung up before I finally wrote a about it. Man, it’s been hard!
If you have every visited my classroom, or if you have read this blog before, you hopefully know that diversity and community are two important parts of my classroom. I have done much over the last year to incorporate more diverse texts into my classroom (and life!), have celebrated cultures of our classroom families, and stressed with my kiddos how amazing it is that we are NOT all the same! Different is BEAUTIFUL!
I used some similar books from years past, because they are great and still worked to share that diversity, appreciation, celebration, inclusion message I wanted to send. Kids really enjoyed them. 🙂
I have done portraits many different ways over the years, but wanted to really focus on making them LOOK like us, especially the beautiful COLORS of us. It was a fun experiment to find just the right combination of paint to represent each kiddos’ face, and we had some great conversations about what we noticed, what we liked and what each color looked like.
The walls in this new room have afforded me the best place so far to display these masterpieces. They are high and smiling at us and we can see them from everywhere. I LOVE that you can see each kiddo’s personality in their portrait and even if they weren’t labeled we’d be able to tell who is who because they did such a FABULOUS job creating them. But most of all I love that they represent how beautifully and wonderfully made is each and every one of my Rm. 111 kiddos. 🙂