Students need to know that the number one way to show you care is to be patient... in the lunch line, waiting to be called on by the teacher, waiting for their turn on the recess swing. Keep your cool and show love at school, BE PATIENT! Keep this around as a reminder for them and maybe for you too :)
Beneath every pencil's hard wood exterior is a soft and fragile core. Every classroom drummer bangs them, every careless students lets them roll off the table and every excited artist throws away their cardboard case at first use! All these choices lead to an abused pencil.
An image for your classroom. Help students see what they do as actual work! This image is a .pdf. It can be printed as a small poster or the file can be taken to a print/office supply store and enlarged to poster size.
Handing this out to students before you begin a big project that requires lots of tools will reinforce the importance of proper supply treatment. Go through each supply on the sheet and explain the do's and don'ts of how to treat them. Then, they can color them and the rules will "stick like glue"!
Art time is not time to be sleepy or idle. There's so much to create and so little time! Art time goes by faster than other school time because we are in the dimension or the imagination. Before you know it, it's time to clean up. SO, WAKE UP! Get inspired, get your supplies, get to creating, go go go!
This is what I teach my kindergartener's their first week in art. The cap is the hat that keeps the ink in. If we take it off, it dries up. If we snap it on and wait for the "click" sound, we will have a happy marker! If we have happy markers, we have happy artists!