Last year, when the 1st graders were in kindergarten, they planted sunflower seeds in the garden in the back of the school. Over the summer, these flowers grew tall and bloomed radiantly. Each child also brought home a small pot with a sunflower seed in it. Many of the students watched their sunflower grow big and strong.
When we returned to school this year, some of the sunflowers were cut from the garden and placed around the art room to draw. The students drew and painted these sunflowers.
We also tied in Vincent Van Gogh’s sunflower paintings. A book about VanGogh’s life was read and they saw pictures of his paintings.