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The children at St John’s Kindergarten have been talking about themselves and what body parts they all have.

They used this little wooden figurines to help illustrate this.

The children were then invited to draw themselves onto some card, if they wished.

Remembering that it is very early on in the year, we were blown away by the attention to detail by most children.

Even the child who drew eyes on the top of his head at least remembered that he had them!

The completed illustrations were beautifully displayed in an interesting and respectful way for everyone to admire.

The children at St John’s tend to be a little older than at some other kinders as they are four years old when they start …

and this is reflected in the maturity of their drawings.

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6 Responses to “self portraits”

  1. Kierna Corr says:

    Brilliant & I love the way they are displayed – another idea for me to ‘borrow’ 🙂

    ::: Kierna we a discovering some wonderful display ideas on our early childhood visits which is really nice to see. 🙂 🙂

  2. Laura Major says:

    This was one of my favorite activities to do when I taught PreK! I just loved the way kids draw too, so full of joy and happiness! It looks like you have a very smart bunch of kiddo’s there too!
    I would have my kids draw themselves at the beginning of the school year too. Then every month on the same day, I would have them draw themselves again, doing this for the whole year! It makes a fantastic reminder of their year in PreK and also a great way to show ,through their drawings, just how they have grown/matured! 🙂
    Plus Mama’s loved receiving it at Graduation and the kids loved giving it to them as well! 🙂

    ::: We used to invite the children to do something similar Laura but usually at the beginning and then at the end of the year. What a wonderful diary of progress you must see in month to month drawings! 🙂 🙂

  3. Regie says:

    Beautiful self portrait! The way you celebrate student’s work is exactly the same as how we practice in IB. Teachers should remember to display students work in this manner as it shows how we respect/value their work or themselves.

    Thank you for the lovely pictures.

    ::: One thing we’ve noticed a lot of on our visits to all the schools and kindergartens Regie, are the interesting ways teachers go about displaying the children’s work. They really do have some great ideas. 🙂 🙂

  4. nadya says:

    these are lovely self portraits. my daughter is not yet 3 and has already started drawing simple pictures of herself, baby sis, mummy & daddy and i am too blown away when she remembers that we all have eyebrows and a chin (not always in the right place, but she ussually narrates what she is drawing and i like to listen). once she was intrigued by a mole (beauty spot) on my aunt and naturally when she drew a picture, she added the mole!!!! totally amazing.

    ::: Awww … so beautiful Nadya. 🙂 🙂

  5. tara dunne says:

    I just love the way children are fascinated by the smallest details. I am a Montessori Teacher and one day one of my pupils was sitting on my knee having a great look at my face, when all of a sudden she said, “You look like Nanny McPhee!” I started laughing hysterically wondering why. She said “You have a spot under your nose.” The spot happens to be a small mole. I had only just watched Nanny McPhee the week before so when I went home and looked at a picture of Nanny McPhee on the internet, sure enough didn’t she have a mole in the exact same place as me! I never even noticed it, but obviously this little girl had been inspecting her too!

    ::: What an observant child she is Tara. It really supports the whole theory of children absorbing information like sponges doesn’t it?! 🙂 🙂

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