Explorations in Art, Early Childhood / Kindergarten, Teacher’s Edition
By Cathy Weisman Topal
Kindergarten is different, and we know it!
Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education, only Explorations in Art combines a solid foundation in how to use tools and materials with the delight of exploring materials, developing skills and inventing new ways to create.
How does Kindergarten set a new standard?
The Teacher’s Edition includes:
- The critical classroom management techniques that make all the difference in ensuring a successful lesson.
- Images of artwork and quotations from students
- Interesting facts about tools and art, such as the history of crayons or scissors.
- Teaching Tips and Variations/Extensions that include support on safety, differentiated instruction, classroom management, observation and assessment tips, and ways to include the classroom teacher.
Each two-page spread in the Teacher’s Edition includes:
Teacher’s Edition: Table of Contents
- Lesson: Each Big Book lesson begins with art images, and questions to encourage exploration.
- Photos & Illustrations: Photographs and illustrations illustrate teacher technique, classroom seating, students at work, and other helpful content.
- Student Artwork: Examples of student artwork and quotations are included throughout.
- Assessment: Point-of-use assessment criteria is included for each lesson. The assessment criteria always relates to the lesson objectives.
- Studio Exploration: Each Big Book lesson ends with a Studio Exploration. Clear, illustrated examples and directions help children explore, while ensuring an opportunity for individual expression and problem solving.
- Variations/Extensions: Variations/Extensions are included with each lesson. Here the suggestion of using warm colors for cutting and cool colors for the background incorporates a color concept into this lesson on cutting.
- Scissors History: The Teacher’s Edition includes interesting facts for teachers to share with students, including the fact that many consider that Leonardo da Vinci invented scissors.
- Teaching Tips: Teaching Tips include safety tips; ways to challenge and engage students; support for differentiated instruction; classroom management tips, such as giving a fair warning to children before collecting the scissors; games; and ways to include the classroom teacher.
- Professional Development: The program includes built-in professional development, including this quotation from an early childhood expert, “Learning to use scissors is one of the important ego-building achievements of early childhood. Children discover that scissors give them instant power to make changes in paper and other materials.” Claire Cherry, Creative Art for the Developing Child
- Lesson Resources: Children’s Trade Books are recommended for each lesson.
How to Use This Program
Unit 1: Thinking and Working as Artists
Unit 2: One Subject, Many Media
Unit 3: Transformation
Unit 4: Exploring Clay
Unit 5: Line Printing
Unit 6: Design
Unit 7: Sewing
Unit 8: Animals
Unit 9: Color
Unit 10: Buildings and Cities
Tags: Kindergarten, Early Childhood, elementary, Reggio Emilia approach, Reggio Emilia-inspired, Reggio-inspired, Explorations in Art, Cathy Weisman Topal, Teacher’s Edition
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