Ready-To-Use Teaching Idea: Art
- a book about children's individuality such as All About You by Catherine and Laurence Anholt (Penguin Putnam, 1994) or All About Me (DK Publishing, 2003)
- chart paper and markers
- art materials including crayons, markers, and white drawing paper and colored construction paper
- manila folder
- book-binding materials including stapler or hole-punch and yarn
- awareness of self and others
- language and literacy
Read one of the recommended books to the class. Remember to begin familiarizing them with words such as title, author, and illustrator. Follow the reading with a discussion about the book and encourage the group to relate their own experiences to those depicted in the story. Explain that during small group time they are each going to make their own books about themselves.
Create a list of topics to stimulate ideas, including my favorite toy or activity, my favorite food, and who are the members of my family. Present a different topic each day during morning meeting and engage the children in discussion. Record their comments on chart paper.
During small-group time, review children's individual responses. Then provide them with art materials to create a drawing about the topic. Draw a line across the bottom quarter of their paper to reserve space for their dictation.
Once all of their pages are complete, children can make a cover for their books. Be sure they include a title and their name on each cover, and assist them in binding their pages to finish the book. Schedule time for each child to share his or her creation with the class.
Remember: Not all children will have the same level of interest in the activity. Some may be able to fill up a page with images and colors while others just want to make one shape and then go off to something else.
Family Names: Send home a note requesting that families work with their child to write down the names of all of their family members that reside in their home. Ask the children to compare the information presented. Do they have family members that have the same names? Who has the largest family? Who has the smallest?
Curriculum Connection: LITERACY
Name Scramble: Write children's first names on individual index cards. Glue a small picture of each child on the cards. Make a set of individual letters that match the letters in each child's name, and place both these and the cards into resealable plastic bags. During small-group time, invite the children to learn the individual letters and match them with the ones on their name cards.
I Like It When by Mary Murphy
My Crayons Talk by Patricia Hubbard
When I Grow Up I Want To Be Me by Sandra Magsamen