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


From: jane mary (mjart49_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Aug 11 2004 - 06:55:31 PDT

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>From: >Reply-To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <> >To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <> >Subject: ideas for teacher new to elementary (kdg idea-long post) >Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2004 22:55:51 -0400 (EDT) > >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 al l 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 lett ---