Art is an extremely important component of development.
Kindergarten and First Grade are the age of developing foundational skills to be successful learners.
Some of these skills include: correct posture and balance, holding a pencil correctly, applying sufficient pressure on a pencil/marker/or crayon, hand-eye coordination for scissors and glue, mental focus and self-control for writing, coloring, and painting.
Let's talk about scissors!
Scissors are frequently kept out of the hands of little ones and rightly so! We are all familiar with the unscheduled hair cut or surprisingly new hole in a new t-shirt when toddlers get hold of a pair of scissors.
But when your child is old enough to go to school, they are now old enough to begin learning how to handle this cutting tool safely and effectively with parent or teacher supervision. Procedures for handling scissors are taught and strictly reinforced for the safety of all.
- Please encourage your child to practice with child safety scissors at home to snip thin scraps of paper into small pieces, long strips, and to cut out shapes with corners and curves.
- Let your child cut up junk mail, an old rag, an empty cereal box so that the student learns about thickness and texture. Some materials require more effort and force to cut.
- Have a conversation about what we are allowed to cut and what we are not. Grown ups often forget about scissor procedures because our skill is well developed and almost second nature.
- Your child needs to properly use scissors across all grade levels and subject areas for projects and lessons. Your child will be expected to cut out their own project pieces in class.
Children develop at different rates. Some children struggle with scissors in the beginning. Practice is crucial for development. This avoids embarrassment and tears due to frustration for your child.
Art CAN Get Messy!
There, I said IT! We make actual art projects and try to work with as many mediums (materials) as possible so students can learn about different materials and tools. This is how we build personal developmental skills. I strongly encourage you to send along an extra outfit and baby wipes to keep in the classroom, in the event your child spills water or paint into their lap. Please know, that all art materials are non-toxic and SHOULD BE washable. There are some hues of color pigment that are more color-fast than others and will need to be washed twice if your child gets paint on their clothes. As a rule of thumb, please don't send your child in their brand new outfit on Art day. I will avoid painting and messy projects on Picture Day.
Here are some links to help you help your child: