To acquire mastery of the hand in using a writing instrument.
Direct preparation for writing ONLY.
To learn to make designs
Control of Error
To keep within the outlines
- Work should not be rushed.
- Each stage of Exercises should be done well, before introducing the next stage.
- The series offers a great variety of possibilities, and this sustains the child’s interest.
- They enjoy making booklets at every stage of the work
- Metal inset works reveals the measure of normalization in the individual child and in the classroom as a whole.
- Work with insets is sometimes done carelessly, or used as busy work. Children use it to avoid other work. If there is great misuse, they should be taken out of the class for a while. They can then be introduced later with great attention to the care of use.
- Be sure to write the child’s name on the finished work, if child is not yet writing. (Most will not be writing in the beginning Exercises.)
- Occasional, the afternoon class can all do insets all together. Beautiful music can be played as a background to this work.
- Save a sample of the child’s work from time to time. This will show the child’s progress and will be useful in parent conferences.
- Assemble the material: the tray, the pad or board placed on the left side of the tray, place the paper onto the pad, choose an inset and place it on the right part of the tray, place the frame on top of the paper and the inset inside of the frame, and choose a pencil holder.
Place the pencil holder on the right side of the tray and then choose two pencils.
- Bring material to the table.
- Teacher will demonstrate: take the pencil holder with the pencils out, take out the inset and place it to the right of the tray, place the frame to the right of the paper, take the paper and board and place it in front of you.
And finally, place the frame on top of the paper.
- Select a color pencils, and show the child that we start the tracing at the bottom of the frame while holding the frame steady with your left hand.
Then trace around the frame, making sure the pencil touches each corner and changes direction each time.
- Replace the pencil, put frame on tray, and observe the square that was drawn.
- Cover the square with the inset, use the other color pencil and trace around the inset, keeping the point of the pencil always against the inset and changing directs.
- Replace inset on try.
- See the double outline
- Set the finished inset drawing to the side, place materials in front of child, ask child to draw the double outline.
- Child does as shown by the directress.
The child can be encouraged to repeat on the backside of the paper.
- Child’s finished product has name and date written on it.
- Tell child to place finished work in the box.
- The child is encouraged to take another piece of paper and to continue the work.
- Once finished, put work away.
Replace the pad, with the frame, then inset into frame, pencil and pencil holder to the right.
- At shelf, replace pencils, pencil holders, remove the inset and place on try, put frame up and inset in. Replace board/pad.
Art Variation: Single Outline- Insets only (one colored pencil)
Trace inset as before and illustrate for the child how strong pressure produces a strong mark and a light pressure produces a light mark.
Later show the child how he can begin with strong pressure and progressively lighten the pressure to create a lighter color.
- Use two colors to make another (paper on color; pencil another).
- Cut out the figures and paste it on a page.
- Make booklets.