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ideas for teacher new to elementary (kdg idea-long post)


Date: Tue Aug 10 2004 - 19:55:51 PDT

Expectations? Not too high!! Just kidding. I've been teaching elementary
art for 17 years. Before that I taught classroom 1st grade. My degree is
actually in early childhood. I really like teaching the little ones but
its rough!! With kdg., you spend a lot of time teaching basic things ,
like how to use scissors and glue, markers,etc. The trick is to teach that
but still teach art! I usually have kdg make a book for the first six or
seven weeks. I have the classroom teacher write their names on the bottom
of a 12X 18 sheet of white paper before they come in, then the page can be
put on their table when we are ready to start (not before or they may do
anything to it!)Each week we do the project on that page and it becomes a
page in their "art book" Here are the pages I do, I'm sure you can think
of more.
   The first day they draw themselves coming to school. We talk about how
they get there, (bus, car, van,)what the school looks like,etc.. We use
crayons. This page becomes the cover of their book-later I write "My
Art Book" with marker on this cover. As they finish, they bring up
their paper, sit on the floor and I let them share (talk about their
picture) There is a big difference in the amount of time they will
spend on a project. I always try to have an easy art book ready to read
in the circle while the serious artists are still working. Other pages
we do:
  a color page -I have a song we learn Red, Yellow, Blue (to the tune of
Row Row Your Boat )They color a big crayon man with the primary colors
and then draw all the things we talked about that are red, yellow, and
blue. I have a book about colors to read
   a line page- we use markers and divide the page in 6 sections and then
I fill a box with lines (on the board) and they follow. In this box,
we'll draw straight lines up and down, in this box we'll draw zig zag
lines, spiral, wavy, dotted etc...use different colors. I give them the
little marker speech-don't draw on your clothes or your body, don't put
it in your mouth, click the lid,etc.
   a shape page-- I put a tray at each table filled with squares of red,
yellow and blue 3 inch squares. We learn how to cut rectangles,
triangles, circles, and just glue the square.This is also the week we
learn how to use glue sticks and I have a shape book ready to read
  a pattern page--we draw a wiggly line across the page and they have a
tray of precut shapes in the primary colors and they glue the shapes in
a pattern like stringing a necklace. then they can draw lines on the
"beads" like they learned on the line day. Practice patterns first by
using the kids and lining them up in front like short hair, long hair,
short hair or shorts, long pants, shorts, long pants, or blond hair,
dark , blond hair etc...
  a texture page- they do crayon rubbings on thin paper with plastic
tecture pages-you can use bottoms of shoes, onion bags, brick walls
(careful letting them get near the wall with crayons!)cut out texture
and glue on pages
   Every page of the book is a 12 x 18 sheet of white paper that the
teacher brings in with their name on it ( I give them the paper ahead
of time so they have the names ready) Otherwise they would spend
forever writing their own name and I might not be able to read it. This
way the books take the first 6 weeks or so of school and by then you
may be able to read names!
  I have a high school volunteer take our binding machine into their
classrooms and make their books for them and I have a letter I send home
explaining each page
  After the book, I plan their lessons around the letter of the alphabet
that they are studying in class. If you hurry you could go to my web
page and click on the kdg. box and see the progression of the letters
from last year. I will be taking that page down soon to start new stuff
for this year.
     There is also a link down in the box of art projects for the
kindergarten books.
    hope this gives you some ideas, e-mail me off the list if you want
            Jeryl in SC