<< 1. Kindergarten: I am still at a loss what to do (40 minute periods)
especially when they combine all of them (50 kids) and I'm responsible. How
many times can you sing "Itsy Beensy Spider???" >>
Last year my most difficult class was my Bilingual Kindergarten class, I had
41 kids who either didn't speak English or barely spoke English. I had a
bilingual aid who helped out and did translate some instructions -- boy was it
a challenge. I finally resolved that I was baby-sitting with a project. I
did a lot of copy drawing ... draw an oval ... add a point on top.... We
spent a whole month learning how to draw people that weren't stick figures.
When they finished a project early I had a box of donated play-doh, they could
take one can and a vinyl placemat and do that until the end of class (45
minutes). I thanked God for my aid every day I was in there, and I kept
telling myself I could do anything for 45 minutes.... I loved the kids, but
there were too many of them.
*They enjoyed cutting and pasting -- I gave them paper strips, they could cut
them into pieces, and store their pieces in a yogurt cup (so they weren't all
over) and then they arranged them into pictures.
*We made colorful headbands (3" x 24" paper strips colored with markers and
*They loved paper chains done in an A-B color pattern.
*They painted with tempera cakes and water color paints.
*We painted big orange pumpkins - they drew it with chalk, painted the outline
with the orange and then the inside with an emphasis on correct brush stroke,
the next time we cut them out and added black outline and lines with more
Even though it was so crowded I wanted the kids to use different media. I
survived, and rejoice that I don't have it this year... yet I sort-of miss
:) Laura Allan