ERIC Number: ED351107
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Craft-Training in the Preschool Curriculum.
Dondiego, Barbara L.
In craft training, children are taught preschool skills as they create art projects with an adult. By creating toys, pictures, and other projects from readily available materials, children become involved in cooking, coloring, cutting, drawing, gluing, and beginning writing. The first rule of craft training is to let the child do the work of making the craft. The second rule is that teachers talk to the child in specific terms and encourage the child to talk back. The third rule is that repeated exposure is essential for learning. Since most preschools operate on a narrow budget, one appealing feature of craft training is its use of everyday objects as teaching tools. For example, napkins can be used to teach children about shapes. Crafts offer the child an opportunity to develop his or her prewriting skills at the child's individual rate of development and interest. Whatever skill the child is learning while making crafts can be emphasized by specific praise. (AC)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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