So I shared with ya'll in a post about painting with all my classes on their first day in the art room(5 day cycle/5 classes per day). Today was Day2 for us...but the first day Kindergarten came to special areas. AND YES...I PAINTED WITH KINDERGARTEN ON THEIR FIRST FULL DAY!
Here are the details...just in case the thought of it scares the pee out of you!!
(it is Kindergarten...pee on the floor happens! ha ha)
I STARTED BY READING "THE DOT".
I was not going to pass out my usual water cups! ha ha I decided to place sponges in rectangular pans I had, and saturate the sponge enough to leave a little bit of water laying the bottom. This worked out extremely well. Students had enough water to paint with, but even if they would have knocked one off the table...it would have made minimal mess. At the end of the class just rinse out the pan & sponges, and they'll be good to go.
With my other classes I'm using tempera paint, but I'm just not that brave with kindergarten. BIGGIE CAKES WATERCOLOR (or you could use tempera cakes) are one of my favorite go-to supplies with the little ones. I wanted to limit the color palette...so I placed wide painter's tape over the colors I didn't wish the students to use. I do trust my kindergartners a little later in the year, but being the first day and not knowing the students at all....better safe than sorry!
I did precut the circles they were using, but they were asked to draw out their design before painting. I was so impressed with their drawings & painting. I don't really believe the results were "normal"....but I'll take 'em!!! ha ha I still have four more kindergarten classes to go....we'll see how the rest of them do!?!? I had the students bring their work over to two empty tables in the back of my room. They did not drop them, spill paint, or stack them on top of each other. WOW!
So friends....the moral of the story...it is worth the risk!! Be organized, modify, and have wet towels & cleaner at the ready!!
LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS!