Give me more ideas on creating these guides. I hope they are helpful.
I'm presenting this weekend at the Colorado TAB conference at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. I usually get asked to talk about TAB with younger students. I LOVE my kinders! I created a guide on how to start TAB with Kinder and 1st grade. I am working on more unit guides that look like this to share.
A few tips that I want to point out, I always recommend to anyone who needs more ideas or management support to go observe a preschool teacher. Preschool teachers are masters at running centers. I taught preschool for a year and have some education with early childhood. It really helped with my transition to TAB. There are very similar philosophies and ideas like Reggio Emilia.
My schools ask to show what standard I am focusing on for the day. I try to write my plans and guides with a focus.This guide focuses on the creating standard but I know there are other standards tied in. If you are not in Colorado, our standards are pretty close to the national standards. I know that when they rewrote the national standards they used ours as a guide. I did put a note for the anchor standard.
I included a book list with idea on how to tie into the curriculum. I almost always use "Giraffes can't Dance" as a first day book. I talk about how we are all going to learn something new together and to be helpful to each other. It sets a good tone.
I even put some of my phrases that I use with the kids. It's good to know a few of those as an elementary teacher.
Share ideas with me, if you are looking for something specific. This is a how to get started and beginning of the year guide.
Get the guide on the Curriculum Page.
Opening a sculpture center with primary grades is probably one of my favorite parts of the year. It’s amazing to see my students’ imagination and creativity with sculpture.
I have a rule that minimal is best with elementary. That is why I keep a very small sculpture center. I also like that the box can easily be transported. I love the marker and colored pencil classroom set boxes. I spray paint them and reuse in my centers.
Here is a list of my usual sculpture center supplies:
I teach kindergarten and 1st grade a few basic attachments using the item in my attachment box. Developing artists have a difficult time understanding how to make items stand. I focus on giving items “feet” or using no glue. I teach them stitching, tabs, zip ties, and using the hole punchers.
Attachment Box Supplies:
I want my younger students to understand why sculpture is different from other centers. We discuss three-dimensional verses two-dimensional art. We also talk about how clay can be sculpture too. I found this awesome “Sesame Street: Word on the Street Video”. My students loved it.
k-5 Creative Design Teacher