Sue: I have kindergarteners for 45 minutes at a time, once a week. What has worked best for me it to have two related activities during each class. For example, I have one I call Squares and Cubes. We look at and talk about the differences between squares and cubes, glue a precut square on a paper, add to it with crayons to turn into a picture, then assemble cubes from a sets of straws and connectors I got from an art supply company.F
rom: Sue Cosgrove <CosgrovS@cisdmail.com>
Date: Fri Sep 09 15:32:34 CDT 2005
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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