Inspired by elementaryartroom.blogspot.com
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Kindergarten started out the beginning of the year with Art Centers. I got the idea from several different art teacher blogs. I am so appreciative of all the work that other art teachers have put into sharing ideas through their blogs. I use the advice and experience of so many other teachers when planning out my curriculum.
After seeing some of the art center activities, some of the older grades started asking if they could get them out when they finished a project early.
Kindergarten Art Centers
When Kindergarteners enter the art room they get an animal to put around their neck. They then find the same animal at one of the centers.They switch centers every 7-10 min. depending on the project.
To switch centers I just rotate the animal picture and they have to find theirs once again.
There are various rules at each center. When the bells ring the first time they clean their center and sit quietly, when it rings the second time they can move to the next center.
We spent the first couple of classes working on just getting to know the centers. After that I started incorporating the more fun, exciting, artsy lessons.
Kids love to build! Even some of the 4th graders choose to use these when they finish a project early. I only wish that I had more. This center stays on the carpet, students must work together and only take one block at a time. Sharing is key to this center.
I love these. The kids have so much fun imagining and creating a world for some of their favorite characters. They can draw a world around the character, give them props, even deface them (The Boys love giving Justin Beiber funny glasses and missing teeth.) I have a whole box full of different sheets. They are really simple to make and so much fun to draw on! You just print out some of your favorite characters,slide them into a page projector sheet, and start creating!
Usborn Activity Cards
Another classroom favorite. I just recently found these in a baby store in a town nearby and knew the kids would love them. I was right. They are Dry-Erase activity sheets. Front and back they each contain a challenge. From making monster cookies, adding funny hair styles to the creatures, finding your way through a maze, to creating texture on your creatures and showing symmetrical designs (it's like they were made just for the art room).
Check out some of the other Activity cards that Usborne carries!
Velcro and Popsicle Sticks
Tot Treasures Explore the Art of Play
Kindergarteners pick a shape sheet and practice tracing it with their yarn.
I got this idea on Teach preschool
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Students watched all of the funny clips from the Gieco commercials and discussed how the cave men were portrayed.