If your having discipline problems, try using the production aspect of your
lessons as a reward. I often conduct instruction in an area separate from the
work tables. When instruction is over, I choose the children who were most
attentive and rule abiding to get their materials and get to work first. The
children who don't get to work right away need to tell me what behaviors they
need to work on during instruction before I allow them to get to work. It
really clarifies behavior expectations!
IDEAS FOR USING EXTRA TIME
-have a crtique of all the work finished or a past project.
-play "I spy" with a famous painting, or just art objects in the art room.
(assuming you have one) You can guide them to using art vocabulary
with this game.
-play "touch the color, or art element" game.
-sing art songs...."Who is wearing (substitute any art element) today" (sung
to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb.
I hope these help...this is the first year I have not taught K and 1 in a
while. They were quite a handful, but I really miss the joy they brought me.
-Dawn Malosh, Tucson