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One of the biggest reasons I teach Kindergarten is because I like to teach
in all areas! And I get to incorporate the arts everywhere!
But I, too, think it's necessary to be reminded of the *Big Picture*. I
know it's easy for me to get bogged down in the myriad details of the
But visual arts opens the kids up to more than the naming of 8 colors and
how to draw a house! I use it to show them that their work is valuable; to
see, and to think and talk about what they see; to feel, and to think and
talk about what they feel. (Oral language is so important to reading skills
and I love using the arts to enlarge the children's vocabulary.)
I use it to give a sense of history and culture (at a 5-year-old level!) :)
I use it when we read the books with the wonderful illustrations.
I use it when we talk about their new tennis shoes! (Or anything else that
comes across our lives and makes an impact! (Project: You show me the
design you would put on a new pair of shoes! Then make the second shoe
exactly the same.)
I use it to develop their sense of aesthetic valuing (Which picture do you
like better? - Why? - What part of it? - Would you want it in your house? -
Do you think it was hard to make? Very hard? A little bit hard?)
In journals they show and dictate what they liked about a lesson, what they
can do well and what they need to practice.
This is obviously in addition to the production. :)
(Sounds a little like DBAE?)