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After seeing on the previous pages how many people love Tommy’s artwork we now get to watch Tommy go to Kindergarten. He’s been waiting for this so he can have ‘real’ art lessons.
As he meets his teacher, Miss. Bird, Tommy’s first question is “When do we have our art lessons?" He just can’t wait!
He learns here that kindergarteners don’t have art lessons. He’s told he has to wait again until next year and first grade.
Ask your students:
How do you think Tommy feels when he learns he has to wait till first grade for art lessons?
Discuss with the class that Tommy probably feels disappointed. Ask the students if they’ve ever experienced being disappointed. When? What happened?
Find out how the students coped and felt? Were they angry, sad, didn’t care?
Then discover what they did to feel better. Discuss positive ways to move from disappointment to feeling better. This is an important life lesson.
Let kids know that they will be disappointed in life and that’s okay. It’s part of life and it’s okay to feel that way. Teach them hear (by simply beginning a discussion) that there are steps to take to stop feeling sad or bad.
Use examples of your own life and other people you know. Once again using famous figures here is a good idea. Many of them are idolized and for kids to know they too have been disappointed but kept their chins up and never gave up is important.
Finish the book and let discussion flow.
Complete this lesson by asking students to draw ways that they can feel better when they get disappointed.
Many lessons evolve into other mini-lessons if you let the students guide the discussions (with your oversight and guidance.)