As the children become more acquainted with their classroom environment, it is important provide opportunities to learn basic procedures while building skills. In these early days, the students are practicing finding an activity to work with, setting up the necessary materials, completing the lesson, cleaning it up, and leaving it ready for the next person in its place back on the shelf.
In addition to the lessons using the Montessori materials in the various areas of the classroom, setting up art lessons promoting these same concepts aids in developing the skills children will need through out all areas. Our new students need ways to practice utilizing various art materials, including the use of a paintbrush. The following lessons show examples of simple lessons that are currently on the art shelf. While I use the term 'simple,' there really are several steps and skills involved within each activity.
|Using Do-A-Dot Painters|
Here, the child practices gathering necessary materials, setting up the workspace (sense of order), opening and closing containers, and numerous skills in building fine motor control and concentration.
|The activity is not quite over yet - now the child practices replacing the materials and leaving it ready for another person to use!|
As the children learn the steps and procedures using these types of materials and lessons, we will add more options to the activities. This may include additional colors for painting or lessons that require more steps within in the process. The children are doing wonderfully and taking great care in completing these art lessons. I am looking forward to observing them practice their skills, and guiding them as they continue to grow.