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Lesson Plans

Re: What to teach

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MaryAnn Kohl (maryann)
Thu, 3 Jun 99 16:08:53 -0700

Dorothy Blomstrom BLOOMDOT 6/3/99 9:34 AM

> but I am worried about time and getting through
>all of this. Any suggestions?

I usually approach kindergarten teachers a little differently, since kids
are still in the explore and experiment stage.... the process, not
product, stage. I encourage them to set up an art center, to provide a
variety of collage materials and papers in the center, and to let kids
explore with those materials first. Then The next step is to set up a
weekly project that is still very exploratory, for example, paints and
dyes..... and set up a simple project like dropping liquid watercolors on
coffee filters that are folded, then unfolding. The whole point would be
to encourage them to let kids explore, that art is easy and will not take
up a lot of their time in a teaching/lecutring mode, to honor the
developmental level of the children with a process, not product, approach.

If they don't want to have an art center, focus on what they can do with
two easels in the room and maybe very simple art lessons that explore
instead of create products.

I can talk to you more about this: this is the nutshell of approaching k
teachers. Do what is developmentally appropriate, which is to let kids
explore and experiment with materials and media, but of course with some
control. Not a free for all.

MaryAnn F. Kohl (WA)