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Learning in a Soothing Environment

The children in Mrs. Tracey Pastrick’s Flex class at The Dooley Center read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats and then created their own beautiful snowy day artwork.  

Students finger-painted snowy scenes from the book while recalling some of the adventures of the book’s main character, Peter.  

Many children loved making big mountains of snow like those that Peter climbed, and they used their fingertips to recreate his footprints.  

Both language and early literacy development occur when students re-tell a story, and when combined with finger-painting, allowed them to do this in a relaxing, soothing way through a wonderful tactile experience.