Give a brief overview of what you learned last week. A reminder will help them retain the information they are learning by hearing it more than once. Have a review time by making it into a game.
For example, you could split the club into two teams. You could keep the teams throughout the entire club. When you ask a question the first person to jump up and give the answer gets a point for their team. Keep score. Kids are competitive. And let them know what the prize is. It could be anything from candy to stickers, etc... Remember to keep prizes age appropriate.
Note: The first day of the kids photography club there won’t be anything to review, so use an icebreaker such as going around the room asking the kids to share what they love to photograph most and why.
Getting the students to talk about themselves will help you understand what they are interested in and find ways to tailor the class to keep them learning and engaged. Start by sharing about yourself and why you got into photography, what you love to shoot and why. You may want to close the end of the first club meeting by showing them some of your work. Perhaps you create a slideshow with some upbeat music.
If you own a photography business, share a little about why you started a photography business. Share some images from some of your most favorite sessions. You can also highlight any images that may have been featured on blogs, websites or magazines.
This is the fun part! Make sure you have narrowed own the topic to one thing. For example, don't try to teach exposure all in one setting. Have one lesson be all about aperture, the next about shutter speed and the next about ISO. Similar to Part One, you can also use a game to help the kids learn the topic. Make it a different type of game. For example, you could play a simple game of hangman on a chalkboard or whiteboard and have them guess words related to the topic.
The last part of your kids photography club can be broken down into a shoot time, share time, or both! You can set up items for the kids to photograph or you can take them outside to photograph their surroundings, depending on the location of your club. Have a themed photo assignment each week. Let them share the photo(s) they've taken the week prior. The kids work will progressively get better throughout the club experience. You will be excited to see them grow as young photographers.
Get input from children in the club about things THEY are interested in capturing through photographs, then work together as a group help youngsters capture those moments!
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