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Lesson Plans


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Mon, 19 Jan 1998 13:23:01 EST

Jessicca- I don't know the philosophy of the preschool that you work at, but
if they give you freedom to teach as you please; I would encourage you to stay
away from instruction based lessons for this age level. I have worked at a
number of preschools as an art specialist, and believe that "process art" or
discovery/exploratory art lessons serves young children best. As they get
older, they are more able to focus on instruction, but I believe at this level
it is much more powerful to provide them with materials to discover on their

To eliminate the frustation of the "I'm done!" syndrome, I set up several work
stations with materials for children to create with. That way they can do
several different things, and work at their own pace. With each work station
and materials I have a set of objectives which I encourage and watch for, but
do no formalized instruction on. (For example, a painting table with red,
yellow, and blue.) I just watch to see if the child is overlapping in his
collages, or making secondary colors, making patterns, etc. I document all
that the child is doing with the materials and based on this documentation I
determine whether I might demonstrate to the child other possibilities. I hope
all this helps...feel free to email me if you have any questions.

New idea- monoprinting on bubble wrap. :) ----Good luck, Dawn