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Re:[teacherartexchange] teacherartexchange digest: September 10, 2008


Date: Thu Sep 11 2008 - 17:33:12 PDT

Hi Robin

This past summer on the first day of summer school I found out about an hour before class was to start that I would not be teaching middle school students art but pre-k and kindergarten students. I hadn't taught students that young in more than 20 years. After quite a bit of very quick reorganization the program worked out well. I concentrated on painting with the children. They rarely get the proper feedback in their classrooms concerning their painting. We rearranged the schedule slightly and I taught two half hour classes a period instead of an hour class. This was just enough time to discuss a topic with the students, maybe show a few pictures on the projector illustrating our topic (fireworks, at the beach, etc), talk about shapes and colors, get them started painting, paint, clean up, and the on to the next group. The teaching assistant came with each class, giving me another hand in handing out supplies and cleaning up. We all had a great time and we all learned a lot
. I only used the primary colors and black and white and the students picked up color mixing very quickly. We used washable paint so we didn't have to spend time with smocks or aprons. I didn't hav a bathroom in the room - it wasn't a problem. It was a very enjoyable experience. "Experience & Art: Teaching Children to Paint," by Nancy R Smith, et al. is a great book to read for painting with young, and not so young, children.


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> Subject: Help! new preschool assignment
> From: robin phillips <>
> Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 19:07:50 -0400
> X-Message-Number: 7
> Dear Fellow ArtsEdNet Friends,
> Help! I just found out that I will be "teaching" art to a group of 20
> preschoolers in about 2 weeks! Our school received a grant to start a preschool
> class in our elementary building and in order for the teacher to get her
> contractual 40 minute prep, the specialists are being tapped for one 40 minute
> class a week. These 4 year olds will have a full day because there isn't enough
> money in the budget for transportation to do two half day sessions. I cannot
> imagine that a full day is a wise choice for any 4 year old.... but that's how
> it's going to happen! I will have the option of going to their classroom or
> having them come to mine - right now I'm planning to go there (no bathroom
> facilities in my room), but I'd love to hear your thoghts on this. Any help
> will be appreciated - lessons, activities, etc. I am having a hard time getting
> excited about taking on an 8th prep!
> Looking forward to your feedback
> Robin in PA
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