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From: menichino (menichino_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Feb 11 2001 - 16:27:24 PST

I see absolutely nothing wrong with using tools with older elem kids -- in fact, I do it as much as I can!! The kids realize they're "grown-up" tools and act quite responsibly. I've often wished I had room/time/money to include a woodshop type of program for sculpture in the elem. school.
Liz in rural NY
  ----- Original Message -----
  To: ArtsEdNet Talk
  Sent: Saturday, February 10, 2001 11:15 PM
  Subject: Re: Am I Wrong (the flip side)

  Our new principal "discovered" that I have been using hand tools in my
  elementary art classes for various building aspects of the fine arts. These
  activities are used in 5th and 6th grades... sawing and nailing wood. She was
  distressed enough to call me at home about it to find out if I was aware of
  the implications.
  . I seek the various opinions of experienced
  educators... wondering if, indeed, I am getting ahead of age appropriate
  activities. ---

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