Introduce a New Material

 

To introduce a new material and demonstrate the care and properties of the material and how to use it.

This involves:

  • Use a mat or small, low table on the floor in front of you.

  • Cover the material with a cloth.

  • Tell the children, “I have something new to show you.”

  • Some teachers like to give clues and have children guess. Others might just say, “This new thing goes in our art area.”

  • Uncover the item. Ask, “What do you notice about this?”

  • Then name the item if children haven’t already. “This is a glue stick.” or These are unifix cubes.”

  • Demonstrate its use. “This is how you use it.  Watch me carefully.”  Highlight points of interest - sound a cap makes when you take it off and on, twisting up the glue stick 3 times whispering “twist, twist, twist”, demonstrating carefully rubbing glue on paper and then pressing to another piece of paper.  Or for cubes, “See how the cubes snap together, listen for the snap.”

  • End by showing where the material “lives” in the classroom and where to get it or put it away. Show how to handle or carry the material appropriately.  Talk about caring for materials.

This is an example of how to introduce the use and care of work mats in the classroom to either or group of children or individual.

Using a Mat

This is an example of how to introduce the use and care of glue sticks in the classroom to either or group of children or individual. This same introduction can be modified to introduce a variety of materials.

How to Use a Glue Stick

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