I think we all have similar problems! I thought I had a simple lesson
for this week and found that most of my kids could not tie a simple double knot
or an overhand knot which meant I had to show them and demonstrate endlessly
so we ran out of time and not everyone finished the project. Next week I have
no idea who will show up for class so I will just provide entertainment by
showing them how to draw cartoon characters step by step using the overhead
projector. They are usually surprised and impressed with the results (and so am
I) and while I don't think of it as teaching art I figure it helps teach
sequencing and my little ones need lots of help with that!.
Another thing to do is have them cut radial symmetrical shapes otherwise
known as "snowflakes" and let them glue the good ones on colored paper. They
will do that happily for quite a while and it makes the math teachers happy
because symmetry is one of our math standards. I overheard someone say that I
must be behind schedule this year because I have not taught the kids to cut
Tis the season to be jolly, so try to keep your sense of humor! Some
days that's the only thing that helps.