Kindergarten modifications

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Choice-based art teacher Anne Bedrick describes her Kindergarten program.

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  • My name is Anne Bedrick, I teach K-4 in NY
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  • Determination
    Afraid of nothing!
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  • Self absorbed
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  • For some kids this is their first school experience.
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  • I do demos on the rug on a small step stool
    sit boy girl to reduce chatting and sillyness
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  • Done as a call back
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  • They want to take everything home all the time, so it is easier on them if EVERYONE leaves their work on the same day.
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  • I didn't want to limit their amazing artistic ability and creativity, just their impulsive, unsafe behavior.
    The birth of the table boxes.
    Kept it simple…small pieces of collage paper, water color paints, some markers and colored pencils, scissors, glue, rulers and circle makers.
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  • Some kids didn't like that they had to stay at their seats, some felt relieved at the calm that descended. But the most remarkable part was that the work was better than ever.
    Some days I added model magic to the boxes
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  • By November or December when they become very comfortable with the table boxes, I introduce the special projects table. A place to try something new.
    Come to the Special projects table instead of their home table. If they finish the special project and want to return to their home table, they can do so after they clean up their spot.
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  • Kindergarten modifications

    1. 1. Kindergarten Modifications for Anne Bedrick annebedrick@yahoo.com
    2. 2. Kindergarteners • Engage in the creative process with freedom, enthusiasm, exhilaration and amazement. • Among the most creative and independent groups of students. • Interested in EVERYTHING
    3. 3. But, establishing routines…. • They don’t understand intrinsically yet that they are on a schedule. • Announcements, rules, requests, and expectations about behavior all apply to their classmates, but never to themselves.
    4. 4. Keep it simple • Everything is new, and too many routines can lead to confusion.
    5. 5. Keep expectations and routines clear Kindergarteners always go to the rug They are instructed to sit on the black edge of the carpet. – Boys sit next to girls and girls sit next to boys.
    6. 6. Announcements • Give them something to do – 1-2-3 eyes on me….. ● 1-2 eyes on you – Touch your nose so I know you are listening – In a minute…. ● but not yet…. – We will move our artwork so it doesn’t get ruined while we clean up. – If you are still working… clip your picture to your work and put it safely in your color unfinished work box. – If you are finished, put your work on the take home table and put your placemat in the placemat box, so that we can clean up. – See if you can sit back at your seats with your table box nice and neat before the clean up song ends. Go.
    7. 7. Art show I do not collect artist statements from Kindergarteners Sometimes I do a “Have-to” for their art show pieces
    8. 8. I needed to assign seats to eliminate behavior issues…but how to keep choice?
    9. 9. Kindergarten Boxes Boxes all had the same supplies and spots were marked to let them know where to put things and what was still coming.
    10. 10. The work was better than ever!
    11. 11. There was more mixed media
    12. 12. Students seemed freer to explore their ideas and passions
    13. 13. They worked for longer on individual pieces because they did not feel as though they had to hurry to get to the next table.
    14. 14. Color Boxes = Color Groups A dot on the placemat let them know their home table. Groups can be modified as needed. Students can request to work with a friend on a project and be temporarily moved as well.
    15. 15. Using Placemats, storing work • Saving seats • A second empty box will be put out just before clean up time for unfinished work. • Students clip their picture to their work. z
    16. 16. The “Special ProjectsTable”
    17. 17. Thinking with a Line
    18. 18. Clay
    19. 19. Construction withTubes
    20. 20. Wood Sculptures
    21. 21. Mixed Media Construction
    22. 22. Masks
    23. 23. Pattern necklaces
    24. 24. Styrofoam Sewing
    25. 25. Show them EVERYTHING and STICK to it! How to clean up How to put work away How to stay seated until their table is cleaned up How to come to the rug for share time How to share How to line up How to Enter How to sit on the rug How to find their work How to take out materials and tools and share them How to wait patiently by my side to ask a question How to listen to announcements
    26. 26. The clearer the routines and rules are, the more time you will see the delightful side of these kids.
    27. 27. The more time you will have to appreciate the wonders that they can produce.
    28. 28. So that they can spend their time testing the boundaries of their artwork rather than the boundaries of your art room.
    29. 29. Kindergarten Modifications for Anne Bedrick annebedrick@yahoo.com

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