Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Art
- 9"x12" drawing paper
- Creative thinking
Sit comfortably on the floor in a circle. Begin by playing some classical music for children to listen to for a few minutes. Encourage children to describe how the music makes them feel as they listen.
Ask them to close their eyes while they listen. Invite children to share how the music makes them feel or what thoughts they imagine as they listen.
Pass out crayons and paper and explain that composers often tell stories using music. Suggest that children draw a picture of what comes to mind as you play a classical song. Remind them that there's no right or wrong way to interpret the music. It's simply how it makes them feel and what they think about when they listen to it. Invite children to share their work when they are finished.
Remember: Children often need to move in order to integrate and incorporate the skills they are learning. It's best to use various teaching methods (auditory, tactile, visual and kinesthetic) to be sure you are addressing every child's learning style.
Share a singing game. Send home this singing game for families to do together. Invite parents to sing the lyric: "We'll all clap hands and have a jolly time together" three times. Next, suggest they sing: "We'll all shake hands and have a jolly time together." Then they can stamp their feet, turn around, smile, fold their arms, jump up, or sit down. Suggest parents end with everyone dancing around together. Families can also make up or add different movements to the song.
CURRICULUM CONNECTION: ART
Poetic movement. Movement activities can be built into your daily curriculum and help integrate the skills and concepts you are teaching. Select a few poems that describe or explain some of the concepts you are presenting. Write the poems on large chart paper and invite children to illustrate the words. As a group, learn the words and add body movements. Try keeping a poem book that you can add to throughout the year. Use it to reflect back on some of the topics learned during the year.
Meet the Orchestra by Ann Hayes
Peter and the Wolf by Vladimir Vagin
The Remarkable Farkle McBride by John Lithgow