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Re: Stencils for Elementary Students? Appropriate or not?


Date: Sun Nov 16 2003 - 14:59:34 PST

As I've told you all before, this is my first year teaching Elementary art,
after years of teaching high school art. I have a question to which the answer
seems to elude me. Do any of you Elementary art teachers prepare stencils
for the students to use? For example, do you make stencils of different leaves
for the students to sponge print around in kindergarten or first grade? Or do
you insist on the students making their own stencils? I'm unsure of the
pureness and original work issue if I give them stencils that I made. However, I
do notice that this is done by other teachers. I'm unsure if this is
acceptable for Elementary school or it's not. The previous teacher did alot of this.
I do find it works well for my special needs class.

I'm starting a lesson on dinosaurs for 2nd or 3rd grade. I know that when I
taught high school I would only let students use photographs as reference
material and never something that was drawn or painted.

Please help me with this. It's kind of a moral issue. But I don't want to
be a stickler where it's not appropriate or necessary. How do you all feel
about this for Elementary students? I hope my question opens up a discussion by
all of you. By the way, I'm the only Elementary art teacher in my school
system so I have nobody to ask. Please be candid. Thanks from Eileen in
Westchester (loving teaching Elementary Art)