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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Teaching Children to Draw and Write {freebie, too}

 
I started using my newest creation of step by step directed drawings in my classroom this week and it's a hit!  I wanted to share how I've introduced them, as well as how successful my students are with this project.  We did a few together as a class to get the students ready to do it independently and they are drawing machines now! 
 
 
 
My student teacher reminded me how one of our kiddos could barely hold a pencil at the beginning of the year, let alone draw and now she drew the monkey above all the way to the left and that was her "practice" one!  (I have suggested to the children that they should do a practice drawing on the back of their paper before they move to the template to do their final). 
 
 
 
Another teacher shared a story with me after she had used this creation in her room that made me so happy!  She said she has an autistic child who never draws anything but a smiley face, but with the step by step drawings in this kit, he drew a penguin.  He was so proud of himself and just think of the possibilities once this ability that all children have inside them is unlocked!
 
If you want to try it out FREE, you can grab this snowman freebie I made:
 
This is what other teachers are saying:
  • "This is an awesome product! My kinders love it and are upset if they do not get to go to the writing center! My principal did a walk through and commented on how highly engaged the kids were! Terrific Job! Thanks for sharing your hard work and creativity!"
  • "I'm so glad I discovered these--through your Facebook post & freebie, I think. My kids have been digging through the old Nat Geo Kids magazines I have in my reading center to find "how to draws" like these. They're obsessed, so I know they'll be so excited about these!"
(Thanks for the feedback, ladies!  I read every single one that is sent and take it all to heart!)
 
Or find out more information about drawing with your students as another easy to prepare and implement literacy center here:
 

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6 comments:

FirstGradeBlueSkies (Jennifer) said...

I love this! I plan to start it maybe next week!
Jennifer
First Grade Blue SKies

Anonymous said...

I recently purchased this product from you. This week we all sat on the carpet and I showed them how to follow the directions step by step and then we all wrote together. Next week it will be in our writing center. Everyday I had kids ask me if we were going to write again like yesterday. My principal did a walk-through during one of our interactive writings with it. She thought they were all "highly engaged". Great job! And I am hoping you will make another set-possibly one that is holiday/seasons themed or social studies/science content?

Rae said...

I found your blog through A Special Kind of Class's giveaway! I am your newest follower :)

Rae
Mindful Rambles

Angelia said...

I've been looking at this product for a few days. This post convinces me to buy it! The special ed students I'm teaching right now have such a hard time with imagination and drawing. I love the comments about the boy with autism! So sweet!!!

Angelia
Extra Special Teaching

Marsha M. Moffit McGuire said...

Way to reach those spatial learners Mrs. Miner. I love when we can find ways to appeal to all Multiple Intelligences. This hits that aspect of Differentiating Instruction right on!
Marsha
A Differentiated Kindergarten

Leanna K said...

I really like your directed drawings! I have seen students who act like the child with autism you described. Some even tell me they don't know how to draw which results in tears or frustration. I just ask them to use their imagination and try their best; however, I feel like if I model some drawings and show place the directed drawings at the writing center little minds will open up! I do a page for writing where my students write a sentence and then describe it with a picture. Maybe they will begin more feeling comfortable with drawing new things and they will begin creating more realistic figures. I know they are 5, but I could be teaching the next Picasso!

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