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Re: Activity Centers (Long)

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Orono Primary School (
Thu, 15 Aug 1996 15:11:19 -0500 (CDT)

Hi, I teach kindergarten and 1st grade art. I liked the learning center
ideas already suggested by Ken and Ruth. I have been gradually adding more
"centers", or what I call "choices", for my students which really helps
with that problem of students finishing their work at different times.
Besides a drawing area, where children can choose from different mediums
and different types of paper (my students never seem to tire of drawing
with markers), I have set up various games. I've been fortunate to be able
to purchase some of these with money each teacher in our school is given by
the P.T.O. "Oh la L'Art " is a sort of matching game where students try to
collect completely assempled figures from famous works of art. I also have
an art concentration game called "Where Art Thou?" These games can be
found in such catalogs as Sax and The Metropolitan Museum of Art "Presents
for Children". Of course, matching games can also be handmade.

Another thing I have done is to collect the designs from School Arts
magazine (on the outside paper cover), blow them up, make xerox copies, cut
them out, and put into manilla envelopes: the students put the pieces
toghether to make designs.

Once we have done computer drawing, I have two computer stations with
kid pix set up. The children love all these activities.

Good luck!

Mary Holmgren
Orono Primary School
Orono Primary School