Ms. Witt (my student teacher) wanted to introduce basic ruler skills to kindergarten. She used an oldie but a good lesson: MONDRIAN! It is a great way to have students use rulers, be successful, and end with a beautiful piece of art. (AND THEY LOVED IT!)
She started by talked to them about the uses of a ruler, how to hold a ruler still, and things to avoid when using a ruler. They students then created a grid across their paper. She used tempera cakes(love the color) for them to paint their work. Once again, she went over the basic skills of painting....how to hold a brush, how to rinse the brush, how to "use" the brush appropriately. This lesson has so many great skills to review and reinforce!! This is a great time of the year to make sure your kinders have a good foundation in the skills you want to build upon in coming lessons...and in coming years.