Color the drawing with crayon.
Get more practice!The more you practice, the better your writing and drawing will look. Find plenty of practice material in the eight-book Draw Write Now series. Each lesson is presented on two pages; one page has a drawing and four short sentences, and the other has the step-by-step instructions.
Drawing instruction improves listening skills and vocabulary.A child may use the Draw Write Now books independently, or the lessons can be augmented following this basic format:
- Introduce the subject
- Draw the subject
- Create the background
- Write about the drawing
- Color the drawing
Vocabulary and ListeningDrawing instruction enriches our children’s lives. When we draw a shape, such as an oval, while saying “oval”, a child learns a new word—and we may not even be aware that we are expanding their vocabulary! In addition, a child is motivated to listen carefully as you describe the next step toward drawing something interesting—like a tiger!
The ProblemWe may feel inadequate about our own drawing skills, or may have time or schedule restraints making it hard to include drawing instruction.
The SolutionYou don’t need to be an artist to give drawing instruction. Whatever your strengths, while giving the lessons you will pass along your experience and knowledge. The following tips will serve as an example. Remember to look at the color drawing and use the step-by-step drawing as a reference.
Tip 1—Expand a child’s vocabulary as you describe what you see. A child may not know the meaning of these words: CIRCLE, TRIANGLE and RECTANGLE (Step 1). Simply use these words in your regular conversation: DIAGONAL (stripes in Steps 3 and 4). As you describe and point out lines and shapes, the child will assimilate them: CURVED (tail in Step 5). Other words will come naturally as you draw along with the child: TALL grass, YELLOW sky.
Tip 2—Drawing demonstrates concepts like OVER, UNDER, LEFT, RIGHT, TOP, BOTTOM, CORNER, CENTER, HALF— it’s simply part of the conversation you have while drawing!
Tip 3—Do you notice the concentration level building? Focusing on your words and examples helps a child learn to listen and follow instructions.
Drawing instruction benefits children in subtle ways. We may think we are incapable of teaching a child to draw, but really, we can draw just about anything!