Today we’re going to talk about how to review lessons with three interactive art activities.
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Do you want to teach your children outside-the-box thinking without having to constantly tell them to do it?
We know we have to teach this skill to them so that it becomes intuitive to them, but adding yet another topic to the mix, can be daunting.
So, let’s do it in a way that’s engaging for our children without having to add another topic to our curriculum.
Do you want to know how?
Take a topic that you’ve already taught and add art to it. This process develops a child’s creative problem-solving skills. It enables them to picture and understand difficult concepts or a problem, analyze it and come up with ways to solve it.
It also caters to a different form of learning, thereby capturing and holding the attention of students who may have otherwise lost their focus or interest in the topic.
The following are three ways to integrate interactive art activities into your review process so that your children are engaged.
#1. Quick Sketches
Instead of having children merely summarize their learning by writing or verbally answering questions, have them draw it out with the added caveat of timing them. Make sure they know that this is not being marked but it’s for them to see what they remember. This adds excitement to their work.
If you have them share their work in groups, they’ll have the added bonus of learning form each other.
This process will teach your children how to think and make quick decisions.
#2. Whole Class Review Sketches
Take a specific topic or concept that you’re working on, have a student start a drawing to showcase their learning. They’ll then pass it on to the next person, who will add to it until every child in your class has had a chance to add to their drawing.
You can then showcase the final copy to the class and have a review session based on the drawing. It would also be an added bonus, if you posted this up in your class so that your students can review the learning in multiple ways and at times other than the immediate review sessions.
Beyond reviewing learned concepts, this also teaches children how to work on and solve a problem together.
#3. Collage Review Sketches
For this activity, have your students create a collage of their learning by either drawing, or cutting and pasting from magazines, or use a combination of both.
This develops a child’s ability to think outside-the-box if they need to piece this collage together with magazines and drawing as it requires some abstract thinking on their part.
- We’ve talked about the importance of integrating art into your review lessons.
- We looked at three ways of integrating this into your curriculum: Quick Review Sketches, Whole Class Review Sketches, and Collage Review Sketches
- Within each section, we also discussed how it would teach children to think creatively.
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