I sure do but they drive me nuts
so glad you asked 🙂
Since we are still not back in school yet I am going to use Hadar’s compound words craft that I did with my kiddos last year.
So the first thing that I do is make a model to show my students what they are going to do.
I call my littles to the carpet and show them how to put together the craft. I go step by step and demonstrate what to do.
After I put together the model I hang it near the station that the students will complete the craft in.
* This is actually one that one of the littles created, hence the backwards pics*
Next I get the station ready for the kiddos
I run off all the pieces that they will need and cut ONE of each piece out.
Before I would run each page off on different colored paper and cut them out for the kiddos and they would assemble BUT that took forever
After I cut out each piece that the students will need I then used a marker to write a color word on the pieces. I used the pieces as a tracing template and the color written on the template lets the students know what color paper they need to use.
After I write the color on the paper I cut the construction paper in the approximate size that the students will need to trace on. Make sure you do not give your students a whole sheet of construction paper because they will use all of your paper and you will have a bunch of paper waste.
When the students go to the station they know to get a bag and one sheet of colored paper.
I model extensively in the beginning what to do in their station
The littles use the template to trace the shape on their colored paper.
After they trace they cut it out and return the template to the bag and get another color.
The craft is complete with minimal effort for me.
Some crafts have some tricky parts or parts that I need to check before they assemble, like the raindrops on this one, so I let the students do as much as they can on their own and then we finish up the craft when we do the writing piece.
What used to take me several hours to do now takes about 30 minutes for me to prep
Peace Out Peeps