Why is the KART program so beneficial for children of pre-school age?School readiness
K.A.R.T.’s simple and fun worksheets introduce the children to a little structure before they go to big school. It gives them a taste of following easy, tailor made instructions, which progress at the child’s pace. It bridges the transition from pre school to early primary school, involving topics that the children are interested in. They are encouraged to research the things that interest them, record these details and all the work that they have done, and learn to use their own work as a reference tool.
Young children are very eager to try different experiences. They enjoy doing worksheets that they can confidently complete. At ages 4 and 5 they are eager, happy and willing to try new techniques in their artistic ventures. They especially love it when the teacher or a parent sits with them and is actively engaged or even involved in exploring these techniques with them. Unfortunately as the children get older they start to have strong ideas about their abilities to succeed. Confident children continue to make wonderful creations; however children less confident stop trying things as they have a fear of failing, and will not even try something they feel they can not do.
Early Intervention is better than Remedial teaching
Problems with learning and other developmental issues can be picked up at this early stage when using the K.A.R.T. program. Because the program requires communication between teacher and student, many problems can be identified with this one on one involvement. Problems that can be identified are verbal problems, comprehension, concentration, visual, hearing, cognitive, and problems with fine or gross motor skills. Teaching Aids
K.A.R.T. has created 2 manuals as teaching aids - Manual 1 deals with line and shape, while Manual 2 deals with colour and sculpture. The manuals are designed to make the implementation of the program easier to integrate with existing programs.
Each lesson plan is intentionally of a small quantity (taking approximately 15 minutes to complete). This enables the teacher to do one lesson at a time or for older and more advanced students to do a few lessons at one time.
There are also basic assessment sheets that can be used to keep a record of how the children are progressing which can also act as a tool for identifying any learning problems enabling early intervention if required. Problems with hearing, Sight, comprehension and concentration can go undetected in a large group of children if you are not running a program that helps to make these problems evident. By keeping these records as the child is completing the program, teachers are able to easily refer back to them come report time. We have also included observation sheets for recording other relevant information.
It is advisable to have a KART representative do a 3 hour in-service day prior to starting on each Module.