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I have been asked for ideas of how a kindergartener or first grader
can improve their skills of recognizing letters and numbers using art.
Many children who struggle with theses beginning concepts are either
extreme visual or kinesthetic learners. Does anyone have any ideas? In
This is not exactly an art lesson, but when my first child was at a
Montessori style pre-school, I watched the teacher work with the
children with a shallow baking pan full of sand, flattened smooth. She
would trace a letter or number in the sand with her finger - the child
would watch, then trace over the teacher's letter with her own finger.
Later the children would practice drawing their own letters or numbers
in the sand. This seemed to me to be a very direct, tactile approach. No
drawing instrument to hold. No big deal to correct - you just smooth
over the sand. I also wonder if shaping letters and numbers out of clay
would be helpful to the children - perhaps a teacher would have to help
roll out lengths of clay, but then children could shape them, flat, on a
piece of paper, into the shape of specific letters, demonstrated first
by the teacher. Or even shaping them onto a piece of paper, or acetate,
or something that had large letters printed out on them. For an art
lesson, one could have the children practice making the letters "C",
"A", and "T", then let them model the clay into a "cat" figure.
-- Sandra Hildreth C.L.A.S.S. (Cultural Literacy through Art & Social Studies) http://www.northnet.org/mwcsart/mwart.htm Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660 Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617