What has been working pretty well for me as far as kindergarten lessons go
is tying the weekly lesson to the letter of the week, or a subject the class
might be studying in their science kits or in some other area. I'll usually
try to find a children's book that can help get the conversation going. For
instance, when the letter of the week was "R" I brought the book "If I Had A
Robot". It prompted a discussion about the shapes (geometric and free-form)
the artist used to create the robots pictured in the story. The students
then drew their own robots and had us write what the robots could do for
Another example, when I introduced line, I used the story, "Harold and the
Purple Crayon". Also, "The Squiggle" is a good story for teaching about
line. I spend lots of time in the children's section of the library,
finding books that are not too long, that are interesting and that have good
examples to inspire the children.
Gig Harbor, WA
>From: Lisa Robins <>
>Reply-To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
>To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
>Subject: [teacherartexchange] some questions :)
>Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 10:43:51 -0700
>I am new to the group.
>I am going to be volunteering in the local public schools kindergarten
>There are no paid art teachers in our local public school.
>One day a month there is an all school art project run by parents but not
>for the kindergartners.
>Starting next September I will be volunteering to teach art in the
>kindergarten classroom twice a week and will work with 6-7 kids at a time
>for a period of 30 minutes each.
>Here are my questions:
>Any additional suggestions would be welcome.
>I will be buying the supplies myself- any ideas on where to buy good
>paper/paint etc. for inexpensive prices?
>Any ideas on any places that offer art supply donations to public school
>volunteer art efforts?
>Any ideas on what I should teach to the kindergartners? Any project ideas
>would be most welcome! :)
>I have heard of some reproductions of famous artwork that you could buy or
>perhaps rent as inspiration for the kids and as an introduction to art
>appreciation. Do any of you know what I am referring to and if so where do
>you get them and can you rent them? I saw them being used on the East coast
>in their Art Goes to School series but do not know the name.
>Anyway thanks for any input you may have to offer I really appreciate the
>help. I went to school and was trained as an art teacher but that was 20
>years ago- so any help you can offer would be awesome!
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