Invite an artist to visit your classroom. The artist can be anyone who has a special talent, whether it is painting, making jewelry, creating pottery, weaving, cooking, or dancing. Start by surveying parents' hobbies and talents, or locate a special visitor(s) in your wider community. When you have arranged a visit, encourage your artist to include a hands-on activity to use with the children; that activity should consider your students' characteristics and attention spans. Follow the special time by having children draw pictures to show their thanks, or have them record their voices to create a special "Thank You" tape or CD.
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