DTA Parent/Teacher Manual

NOTE:  You may have noticed that if you purchase either of the manuals, DTA or DTG, you will receive the other one free. That is because there is a duplication of some of the same information in both of them. But how to use the pages of DTG, which are very different, will be available to you. It will help you decide if you want to get a few of the DTG lessons and add them into your curriculum later. DTG is more for children who can read, but you may have some of the children reach that level before they leave you. It is fun to add in some study of the Upper Case letters to get them ready for the study of the Upper Case alphabet.

Table of Contents

  1. Overview of Program: Explains the basic philosophy and benefits of the program.
  2. Setting Up: Gives instructions on how to set up for a classroom versus at home with the family.
  3. Background Music: Talks about the kind of music to play and a list of examples.
  4. Duplication of Pages: Gives an explanation of how to print out a lesson and how to use the various kinds of pages in a lesson.
  5. Using the Basic Exercises: Shows examples of the exercises in a lesson and how to use them.
  6. Grouping of Ages: Talks about how to set up groups of students by ages, depending on the kind of lesson being taught. Discusses the average expectations to have with various ages of students from 4-7.
  7. Supplies Needed: Gives recommendations of what kind of supplies are appropriate for such young aged children.
  8. Lower or Upper Case?: Discusses the controversy of whether to teach lower or upper case alphabet letters first. The DTA Curriculum studies the lower case letters, the phonetic sounds, and how to draw them with the elements of shape. The DTG curriculum studies the upper case letters. I give my opinion on why I think it is better to learn the lower case first, especially when books are written in lower case. This curriculum includes reading readiness, so it is important to learn the shape and sounds of the lower case letters in the text of printed materials and children’s books.
  9. Lower Case Lessons, a-z: A sample of each page of a entire lesson and how you would use each page. All the lessons have the same sequence of pages for the lesson. Example: 1. Fact Sheet about the subject, 2. Warm-Up Sheet for the students to practice pieces of the subject to be drawn (using the 5 Elements of Shape), 3. Black Line Drawing of the Subject, 4. a Map for the teacher with numbers to indicate the sequence o how you would teach the shape of the subject step by step, 5. a color photo or my drawing of the main subject in the lesson, 6. 8-20 pages of resource photos for background information and added details. The number of pages in a lesson vary depending on the amount of detail you want to use. The $9.00 fee for each lesson balances out in the end.
  10. Student Samples: There is a gallery of results by students, ages 4-6. Each lesson has a sample of a child’s results to show you what is possible.
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