Keeping it simple. Black paper, white lines and practicing scissor safety- that explains our first day of Kindercutting.
I took all of your Kindercutting advice (we definitely sang a lot and went through lots of paper, they practiced on copy paper too.) My mentors helped me draw white lines on papers (I had a bunch prepared but we adjusted as we saw the students levels.) Then they went at it. Paper everywhere. There are about four kids in Kindergarten so far that I am going to have to buy special scissors for. I also have an extra 1/2 hour this week when I'll pull them aside, show them how to use the plastic scissors (which I have to try to find tomorrow, any suggestions) and practice. (I will follow up with a phone call home that goes something like this "your child is the light of my life, now could you help them learn to use scissors?." There are a few who I'm sure have never touched scissors in their life.
The thing about Kindergarten is. . . THERE ARE NO PARAS. So we have some students who are obviously special needs but we can't get them the one to one they need until next year when all the paper work is filled out. General paras in Kindergarten were cut due to budget a few years ago. I have some wonderful, awesome, super, my hero mentors (5th graders) who bring their lunch and miss their recess just to help these little ones. I definitely try to make it worth everyone's time by challenging the Kindergarteners just enough (while we have the extra help) and I will definitely be asking my husband to make the mentors some awesome food at the restaurant for lunch one week.
Finally, we glued the black paper on a large white paper. NEXT, painting in the white spots in a project I call MIXED UP MONDRIAN. Check back here for more details next week.