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Birds of a Feather Flock to Cooke School Art Class

fourth and fifth graders work on art portfolio homework

November 18, 2014

Cooke's fourth and fifth grade students are having a great time with their ART portfolio homework this school year. The portfolio will hold twenty homework assignments.

In these photos are two artists showing their parents' drawing skills. The student becomes the teacher and the parent becomes the student! What a turn of events! The portfolio is a research-backed and proven home/ community/school connection. As a team, we will ensure the success of our children!

Photo (left): Gavin Bassney from Ms. Komatz’s 4th grade class worked along with his step-mom as she drew this colorful bird.

Photo (right): Zyniah Vereen from Ms. Thompson's 4th grader class watched her dad draw a beautiful bird.

Below is the letter that was sent home with 4th and 5th grade students:

Dear Parents and/or Guardians,

Hopefully this past week you have been introduced to your child’s ART homework for the 2014-2015 school year. The ART Portfolio is a research-based and proven method of making practice more meaningful and fun. Each 4th and 5th grade art student has been given an art portfolio where homework will be done. There is enough paper stapled there for 20 assignments. Your child is responsible for the portfolio, bringing it to and from ART class EVERY time. It will be housed in their Agenda pocket for safe travel.
Your young artist will show you the work they completed during class time. Then they are going to turn into the teacher and YOU are the student! How fun is that? It is a researched and proven fact that through teaching information is recalled and stored more efficiently. Your child will use the key vocabulary words associated with each lesson just as I have taught it and this reinforces their new knowledge.

Please empower your child to share his/her passion for ART, practice their ART vocabulary and don’t forget to place your signature in the bottom right hand corner of the page after your artwork is complete. Remember, you are the student and your child is the teacher. Enjoy this precious time together and let me know if you have any questions, concerns, suggestions, or ideas to expand upon this homework.

Feel free to come to visit the ART Room, or call me at 794-8830. I will be happy to connect with you! Together, we will prepare your child for SUCCESS!

Yours in Art,
Mrs. Amy Garrett