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Critical Thinking Skills Using Art

Ksandra Mobley/Virtual Teaching Specialist
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Critical Thinking with Art is a early childhood course with activities that sparks analytical, communication, problem-solving, open-mindedness and creativity skills. These skills are foundational for mathematics, reading and writing.

Class Experience

US Grade Preschool - Pre-Kindergarten
Beginner Level
8 lessons//4 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
The Difference is -Same and Differences (Analyzing)
Learners will explore the differences between fruits and vegetables; animals and plants. Apple and Potatoes painting will illustrate pattern differences.
Lesson 2
The Difference is - Sorting (Analyzing)
Same and difference lesson will continue through sorting and categorizing different objects. Rice and/or Bean art will show how things can be different but used in the same way.
 Week 2
Lesson 3
I like - Story Drawing (Communication)
Learners will have the opportunity to talk about and share some of their favorite things. They will use markers, crayons, and/or chalk to draw things they like.
Lesson 4
I like - Sequences (Communication)
In this lesson we will discuss what happens next in pictures and stories. Learners will have the opportunity to make a story from hand tracing pictures.
 Week 3
Lesson 5
How Can I - Pictures and Puzzles (Problem Solving)
This lesson will use puzzles and pictures with hidden objects to spark problem solving. Learners will use their fine motor and thinking skills to make yarn bracelets.
Lesson 6
How Can I - Memory Games (Problem Solving)
In this lessons we will be play memory games to spark thinking and problem solving skills. Learners will follow the lines on graph paper to design houses and animals.
 Week 4
Lesson 7
I See - Living and Non-Living (Open-Mindedness)
Learners will talk about what makes thing living or non-living. Painting pictures of nature will give learners the opportunity to talk about living things.
Lesson 8
I See - Analogies (Open-Mindedness)
Learners will use observation and clues to solve word puzzles. String macaroni necklace will be our final art project.
  • Students will engage their critical thinking skills to create different type of art.
I believe learning doesn't have a beginning or end.  Everyday should be a chance to learn something new.   The goal of this lesson is to nurture independent and unique thinking skills.   I have taught early childhood education for over ten years.  I enjoy establishing a foundation that children can use throughout life.  The activities from these sessions will emerge into mathematics, reading and writing skills. 

 As a homeschool instructor,  I discovered the challenges of finding learning material that fit  into my teaching objectives.   This led me to continue my education in Instructional Design to gain the ability to create online courses and Educational Psychology to learn how to spark the learning process.  My motivation is to encourage a desire for learning.  It is my philosophy that learning is natural and easy.  
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Frequency: included
Feedback: included
Details: Parents will be given suggestive activities that will encourage critical thinking at the end of the session.
Frequency: included
Details: Learners will be given a certificate of completion if they finish at least six of the art projects.
 1 file available upon enrollment
Materials for Art Activities Include: Scrape Material Pieces Yarn Dry Uncooked Beans Rice Sticks String - Yarn Cereals for stringing Activities will be posted before each session
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Joined May, 2018
Teacher expertise and credentials
Master's Degree in Psychology from Kaplan University
Learning never stops...
    My ambition is to nurture students' desire for learning.  Learning is a natural lifetime process that should never be stagnated.  I began my teaching career in Early Childhood Education and continue into third and... 


Group Class


weekly or $20 for 8 classes
2x per week, 4 weeks
45 min

Completed by 38 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 3-4
1-4 learners per class

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