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- Two stands with a slopping back and a narrow cornice at the bottom on which rest ten metal frames with matching metal insets. The square frames are pink and the insets are blue. In the corner of each inset is a knob by which to hold it.
- The insets are square, triangle, circle, rectangle, oval, trapezoid, pentagon, curvilinear triangle, and quatrefoil. They are exactly the same measurements as the wooden insets of the geometric cabinet.
Work should not be rushed.
Points of Interest
Child will learn how to grip and guide the writing instrument.
He will experience the effects of pressure on the pencil.
The very great variety of movements involved in this work, helps the child with control of the writing movements but also with changing directions.
Keeping the point of the pencil on the edge of the frame or the inset, helps the child steady his strokes. The movements will go from left to right.
The child can learn to make one continuous stroke. This is particularly helpful in cursive script, but some letters in modified print call for it.
This work demands eye-hand coordination.
Presentation 1: Double Outline
Child works with any of the ten insets as shown in the presentation. (At some point, you can suggest making a booklet of all of double outline.)
Exercice 2: Double Outline Filled in
Stage A: Lines far apart
Stage B: Lines closer together (progressively)
Stage C: Completely filled in (this should go on for a long time)
Art Variation: Single Outline- Insets only (one colored pencil)
Exercice 3: Dark and Light (Pressure)
Stage A: Half dark and half light
Stage B: From dark to light progressively
Trace inset as before and illustrate for the child how strong pressure produces a strong mark and a light pressure produces a light mark.
Later show the child how he can begin with strong pressure and progressively lighten the pressure to create a lighter color.
Exercice 4: Two contrasting figures (two pencils)
Trace two insets of contrasting shapes on top of each other.
Then color one shape with one colored pencil, and the rest of the other shape with the other colored pencil.
Exercice 5: One figure - two ways (two pencils)
Trace one inset two times in two different directions.
Color one shape in completely in one color.
Color the rest of the second shape in a different color.
Exercice 6: Three contrasting figures (three pencils)
Choose three different insets and trace them one over the other using three different colored pencils.
Exercice 7: One figure - three ways (three pencils)
Choose one inset and trace it in three different directions.
Fill in one of them in completely in one color.
Fill in the rest of the second with the second color pencil.
Fill in what is left of the third with the third color pencil.
Designing – use lead pencils for tracing and several colored pencils to fill in.
To acquire mastery of the hand in using a writing instrument.
Direct preparation for writing ONLY.
To learn to make designs
Control of Error
To keep within the outlines
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