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Re: K and 1st....adding reading and discussion to art lesson


Date: Tue Feb 22 2005 - 15:28:46 PST

I recently did a search for my student teacher about how to manage art on a
cart. I found an article about how to manage Art on a Cart. If you do a
google search for it, you should find it.

I feel for you as my first year my ROOM was in a separate building from the
school (2-3 minute walk) whenever it rained or snowed or was too cold I had to
throw a lesson in a bag and teach out of the classroom (even if it was in the
middle of a class or the day!). It was a nightmare! Of course it was such a
disaster (new teacher, first year...let's see how it flies! hahaha) that I
got the old art room back the next year.

Old art room had been given over to ESL..who had a full-time teacher,
full-time aid and usually no more than 6 kids at a time! I traveled every day to a
middle school then went to that nonsense!

If I had had half a brain, I would have cut my program back..but I didn't
want to, my first year I thought I could do anything!

As for dealing with kinder kids.....the rug is always a good place to start.
I often start with a story (picture book) that in someway illustrates the
lesson objectives. Starting about November, I will introduce an artist print
(Paul Klee, animal print to compare 2-D to 3-D, Mondrian, Van Gogh, etc.) for
inquiry-based discussion. Another thing I do with kinders at the beginning of
the year is have "free choice" at the end of class (maybe 10 minutes or so) when
they finish. They can choose a free draw or legos/blocks or read a book. If
you are on a cart, perhaps you could have a container of legos or let them
draw...what they do in their free time tells you a lot. It is also a very
valuable skill for little ones to learn how to manage their "free time" and to make
personal choices!

I hope this helps!