I love a good craft and I think art is incredibly important but sometimes I have a slight twinge of guilt when I do crafts with my high functioning students. Working on their academics is so completely overwhelming and time consuming, I feel like we can’t waste even a minute. Ugh. I sound like a jaded standardized test obsessed teacher. I’m not – I swear. I just want my kids to get the most out of every moment at school and honestly – I feel like we never have enough moments. So yes, I think art is important but I need to make sure to make it educational as well.
I found this cute turkey craft and we had about 20 minutes left at the end of our reading block. On the fly – I decided to make this an independent craft. My kids majorly need to work on following directions on their own without adult prompts. Key phrase – without adult prompts. I’m guilty of over prompting. I admit it. So I wrote the directions on the board, laid out the supplies, and sat back and watched.
They were hesitant. They kept trying to get the thumbs up from me. You could just see the wheels turning. Is this okay? Should I keep going? Am I in trouble?
This ended up being a great activity. Meaningful, educational, and craft-filled. Love it. 🙂
And look how cute! We decided to name them Turkey Tom!