The Insets for Design
- Ten geometrical shapes in metal or plastic. The frames are
in one color and the inset shapes are in another. All the shapes,
except the parallelogram, inscribe in the circle.
- Squares of colored paper cut to exactly the size of the frames.
- Colored pencils in a box of 48 or 60 different colors should
- 1. This exercise prepares the hand for writing. The child
gains control of a pencil through an enjoyable exercise. It is
an excellent exercise for older children who write badly. They
acquire skill and pencil control while enjoying the work.
- 2. Art work. Color schemes. The understanding of geometrical
designs and symmetry.
- 3. Mathematics.
- The teacher takes one frame, a piece of colored paper and
two different colored pencils to the child's table. She sits
beside him. The teacher places the frame exactly over the square
of paper, showing the child that no paper can be seen around
the edge of the frame. She takes one pencil and draws around
the shape. She removes the frame and lets the child look at the
drawn shape. She changes for the second pencil. She fills in
a small part of the drawing with light straight parallel lines
that go exactly from one side of the drawing to the other.
- She makes her lines so close together that no paper can be
seen between the lines. The teacher then gives the child the
pencil and invites her to try. She makes sure that the child
holds the pencil correctly and attempts to color as shown. If
the child has any difficulty, she demonstrates the coloring or
pencil work. When the child understands what she should do, the
teacher leaves her to work alone.
- The child can choose her own colored paper and pencils. She
can take any frame she likes and practice the exercise.