For the last few years, I’ve started the year with creating beautiful things to hang in our room. It’s so great to watch as our bare walls fill up with amazing creativity that spills out of our first grade minds!
This project is both fun and meaningful as it’s based on helping kiddos see that while we are all different that’s an amazing thing, and that within those differences we can celebrate ways we are also the same.
As with many things, we started our conversation with books. We read Shades of Black by Sandra Pinkney and Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin together.
We talked about how each of us looks different, has different talents to share and brings many different things to our classroom community. Also, we have many things that are the same because we’re all kids. We all want to be loved, to belong, to contribute, to learn.
We wanted to create beautiful images of our unique and different selves to hang on the wall, and we did so with lots of different creative things in our room. We also borrowed a mirror from our friends in Ms. Turken’s room so we could see some of the close-up details of our faces.
Now they hang along the top of our wall and we can see them smiling on us every day! We are definitely learning to celebrate the beautiful skin we live in, and appreciate how different we all are!