Teacher Feature:{Daisy Days for Learning}

Hello everyone! My name is Jada from Daisy Days for
Learning. I am so excited and honored to be here as the guest blogger! A few months ago when I signed up to be a guest blogger, I never thought that I would be asked. It was a VERY nice surprise when I opened my e-mail and saw the message from Hadar.  So just to tell you a little bit about myself….

I live in a small community in rural Alabama, right across
the tree line from where I grew up. I have been married for 3 ½ years to the most wonderful man and we have an 18 month old daughter, who is the light of my life. I teach at the same school that I attended for my entire school career (K-12). For the past three years, I have taught 4th grade. This year, however, I will begin a new journey in the land of KINDERGARTEN! I am super excited and can’t wait to get started and meet my new kiddos.  I began blogging in February after talking with a coworker (Jennifer from First Grade Blue Skies) about all the benefits of being a part of the blogging world. She has been a HUGE help to me, not only in blog-land but also in my teaching career. She is awesome. J

I want to share with you all about one of my passions- guided art. I absolutely love to do guided art with my kids. I actually didn’t start doing guided art until this past year, but we had such an awesome experience that it has become one of my favorite things to do with my kids.  You can click on the following links to see some of the art that we did this past year. 

Groundhogs                       Pots of Gold                       Beach

The way that I do guided art is actually pretty simple. I find a picture (clip art) online that I think would be pretty easy to recreate. I print off a copy and use it as my “guide”. Most of the time, I will change something about the picture just to make sure that it fits my purpose.  The students are then given a sheet of copy paper (I pre-cut it so that it is in the shape of a square). I only give one sheet to each student and they know that they are allowed to use both sides if they see that they need to start over. I set the limit at one because I had some students that wanted their picture to be PERFECT and would have used an entire pack of paper if they could. I will then guide the students in drawing the picture using my ELMO document camera. This way I am able to use the same size piece of paper as they do. (If you don’t have a document camera, you can just draw with them on the board.) We draw a little bit at a time and then color in our picture. I found that the kids really have to listen and pay attention as we are drawing so that they don’t get behind, and for some, this is good listening practice. They want to do this listening, and they really seem to enjoy it! I plan to continue with guided art lessons in kindergarten this year, so be sure to keep an eye out for any art that may get posted.

If you have any questions or ideas for guided art (maybe you do it too!) that I haven’t thought of, please e-mail me at jadawtolbert@gmail.com or you can visit my blog by clicking the link below.

Everyone have a GREAT week!

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