A Winning Lesson for the First Day of Kindergarten Art

You may think I am crazy, but I jump right into an art project on the first day of kindergarten art! In this video, I will tell you all about what project I do, how I accomplish it, and how I use this first art project as an important assessment tool.

Click Here to download the PDF of the shape sheet that I use for this lesson.

And, if you want to really dive into your kindergarten teaching practices, be sure to check out the course Rethinking Kindergarten! You will learn a variety of strategies, tools, and methodologies sure to support the budding artists in your classroom. Plus, you’ll get to investigate a variety of progressive philosophies, including Reggio Emilia, Montessori, and Waldorf, as well as techniques for integrating play-based learning and teaching foundational skills. Don’t miss it!

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Jessica Balsley

Jessica Balsley is AOEU’s Founder and a former AOEU Writer and elementary art educator. She is passionate about helping art teachers enhance their lives and careers through relevant professional development.

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