Sue, in the first few weeks, I do do some painting, with K's, but I keep it
simple, knowing they will finish up in about 10 min. But then they have to
do the clean up. I do demo brush cleaning, swishing in the water bucket- how
to hold a hand under the brush when carrying it to the sink,, washing the
brush- washing hands , putting the brush away, EVERYTHING. Those who do this
easily then go to the drawing box, to get a pc. of paper for freedraw, or
color sheet related to our project. Last week we did a blanket design using
lines ( zig-zag, dotted and straight) they colored with water crayons, and
then used brushes with water to go over the water crayon design. The next
week, we did thick and thin lines with tempera.(only two colors) The first
week allowed me to intro the basics of painting, and the 2nd lesson allowed
me to 'fine tune' the specific clean-up procedures. I like to get them
painting right away, so that in the following years, clean-up is easy. If
Everyone cleans up and there is still time left, I will review, or do uncle
fred on the tv/computer, or read a story related to art.
The secret is to divide it into segments, and always have a back-up. Prep
is critical with kinders..
----- Original Message -----
From: "Sue Cosgrove" <CosgrovS@cisdmail.com>
To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
Sent: Friday, September 09, 2005 3:32 PM
Subject: [teacherartexchange] Need help with Kinder
I have just started a new position of K-4th grade art. I need advice about
the kinder students. Prior to working here I taught in Fort Worth in the
inner city. I taught at three school and was completely on the cart. I
only taught kinder 1 day a week for 20 minutes. In my new postion I see a
new group of kinders each day for 55 miniutes each week. Plus they come to
my room. I am severely overwhelmed. In my former postion I did simple
"draw what I draw" lessons with them. Here I need to come up with weekly
lessons for 55 minutes each week. I have great lessons covering the
elements and principals. But I am faced with children that do not know even
how to get out supplies and put them away let alone use them. I have gone
from a poor district to a wealthy one. The expectations are very high. I
have been told that kinder is the time to teach proceedures and techniques?
I don't really need project ideas. I guess I am looking for "permission" to
spend a class teaching simple things like how to dip your brush into paint
and not mix it with the other colors and simple concepts like that. Does
anyone have a kinder program that is realy working for them? I would love
to hear from you.
Carroll Elementary School