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Kindergarten art class - response


Date: Mon Oct 01 2001 - 15:27:28 PDT

    K can be a real trip if you know how to handle it. They like continuous
changes of activity. I show movies just to stimulate experience like "Hot Air
Henry" they watch a Reading Rainbow movie about hot air balloons to stimulate
their thinking and then we go over science about balloons and then we draw
balloons that are overlapping.
    Also don't give them all their supplies at once. We are doing masks on
paper plates for Halloween. They learned paper can be torn, folded, curled,
spiraled, cut into shapes and hole punched. They don't get their hole
punchers until they have glued a face onto their plates. They can get really
into one thing like hole punching unless you space out the activity.
    Rove around the perimeter of the room to constantly check for holding
scissors and crayons the right way. Many children have never held a scissors
until kindergarten.
    Keep on reviewing basic concepts like making many eyes on a page and
cutting frilled paper for eyelashes.
    With clay keep on giving them modeling clay to make pinch pots. That
increases their fine motor skills.
    Teach them how to hold a paintbrush for watercolors like they would hold
a pencil. Give them big tubs of water from large crock pot butter containers.
Show them how to rinse their brush and buy them inexpensive watercolors and
only 50 lb. drawing paper to use for a start. You should get small garbage
containers under each each table for spilling dirty water, then go around the
room empty their containers and fill their containers with clean water from a
plastic pail only once in 45 minutes.
    Also never give them small 9" x 12" paper. Because of their low motor
coordination, they need a big piece of paper to express themselves and use
their total arm to paint. Many will feel frustrated with something too small.
    Reading books that have interesting illustrations also helps. Go for the
magical stories that they can really enjoy. An open ended lesson is
important: Such as creating hot air balloons showing weather, mountains,
houses in the background, and also flags on the balloons and fighter planes
in the air. I can't turn them away from this lately. They are children
expressing themselves with the current events that they hear around them.