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Limit: one free toy per order. 

The toys are approximately 2 inches tall. Wind them up and watch them flip!

Give children activities that stimulate hand-eye coordination and strengthen the muscles of the hand—stringing beads, rolling clay or twisting the stem of a wind up toy.

Handwriting and drawing improve as fine motor and gross motor skills develop. What works best to build those skills? PLAYTIME!

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Free Cute Pins!
At your local JCP

JCPenny has a promotion going on this holiday season for prizes and savings…but that’s not what I’m excited about… it’s their button pins! So cute! Go to the store to get the free cute pins at any register.

There are 50 button designs, each one-inch in diameter.


Bridge Lesson: Draw Your World

Architectural structures in your community
are excellent subjects for children to draw.
Drawing Lesson: The Tacoma Narrows Bridge
I live near the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State. In 2007, a new bridge was built alongside it. We watched the new bridge go up and learned about bridge construction, which of course, led to a drawing lesson! This lesson is NOT in the Draw Write Now books—the children and I were simply drawing our world!

The perspective in this drawing lesson is from the road deck. The Tacoma Narrows Bridge may not be familiar to you, but the lesson can easily be adapted to another suspension bridge simply by substituting the tower design.

  • The basic parts of a suspension bridge: towers, main cables, anchorage, suspender cables, road deck.
  • Artistic styles influence engineers whild designing a bridge.

Paper clip or tape the tracing paper onto the tower template. (The template is removed in Step 6 and the white paper is taped to the back of the tracing paper.)

Draw a Suspension Bridge, Tacoma Narrows

Draw a Suspension Bridge, Tacoma NarrowsStepanie, age 10 Draw a Suspension Bridge, Tacoma NarrowsRachel, age 5


Draw a Simple World Map

Newsletter | October 2012

Draw a Simple World Map

In 1995, Geography for Life: The National Geographic Standards stressed the importance of children knowing how to draw a map of the world. It suggested using simple ovals for each continent. We loved the idea and created a lesson for Draw Write Now, Book 7

The Common Core State Standards recommends that students “use a mix of drawing, dictating and writing to compose explanatory texts.” Drawing a simple world map helps children develop their own mental map, always at the ready as they build an understanding of our world. It’s easy to see how drawing a simple map can add to the ability to use explanatory texts.

Map Tips

  1. The Equator goes through the middle of Africa. The Prime Meridian is on the edge of the continent. 
  2. Australia is close to the Equator and the edge of the paper. It is much smaller than Africa. South America is closer to Africa than Australia is to Africa. (The mouth of the Amazon River is at the Equator.)
  3. Antarctica is at the South Pole, the base of the Prime Meridian. 
  4. Asia is close to the top and right edge of the paper. It touches the Equator and connects to Africa.
  5. Europe is directly above Africa and is connected to Asia. The Prime Meridian goes through England.
  6. North America is close to the top edge of the paper, the Equator and the left edge of the paper.

Drawing a Map of the World

Common Core

Common Core State StandardsThe Common Core State Standards provide a clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. Individual states are adopting the standards, see New York

See The Common Core’s  English Language Arts Standards (pdf, 30kb) as they apply to Draw Write Now, from our publisher, Barker Creek.

Draw-Write-Now Book 7

Animals of the World

Draw Write Now, Book 7

Prepare the Paper 

Fold a sheet of 8-1/2 x 11” paper into quarters. Reopen the paper, and position it horizontally on the desk. The horizontal fold line is the Equator, and the vertical fold line is the Prime Meridian, with the North Pole at the top of the line and the South Pole at the bottom. 

Look at a Globe

Refer to a globe or a flat map while introducing and drawing each continent. Use the Equator, Prime Meridian and the edges of the paper as guides.

  • North Pole and South Pole—the northern and southern points of Earth’s axis of rotation.
  • Equator—the horizontal imaginary line that circles the globe, halfway between the two poles.
  • Prime Meridian—the vertical imaginary line running from the North Pole to the South Pole through Greenwich, England.

Use Crayons

Color each continent using a crayon, shifting the edges or enlarging the oval to adjust the scale and proportion of the continent. (The instructions show the continents outlined, but it’s best to omit outlining or leave outlining to the end.)


Labeling Continents

Encourage the children to write all the names horizontally and to keep the size consistent.

Labeling the Equator


Include the geographic lines and points: Equator, Prime Meridian, N, S, E, W.


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... and Common Core?

Draw Write Now and Common Core State Standards

See how
Draw Write Now
lessons work with the
Common Core State Standards.
(This information is provided by our publisher, Barker Creek.)
Draw Write Now and Common Core State Standards
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50/50, Fiction/Nonfiction


Draw Your World

  Newsletter | August 2012   .

50/50, Fiction/Nonfiction

Is nonfiction a significant part of your child’s reading material? The Common Core State Standards recommends that fifty percent of children’s reading text be fiction and fifty percent informational material, like science, social studies and history. Look for books that explain or are factual. Use written text to learn about the world.

Write Nonfiction

It’s one thing to write an imaginative story, it’s another thing to accurately describe and report. As with reading, the Common Core suggests that nonfiction and fiction writing skills be balanced. While drawing a polar bear, discuss the Arctic region and guide the children in drawing an appropriate Arctic background. The things included in their background drawing may serve as a prompt as they write about the bear’s environment.

Read and Discuss

Show that you enjoy reading nonfiction. Marie Hablitzel, the creator of the Draw Write Now lessons, kept a children’s encyclopedia close by while giving a lesson. When the opportunity arose, she read a paragraph or two aloud from the encyclopedia. Her interest in reading sparked the children’s interest and her thought-provoking questions nurtured their curiosity.

Draw Write NowVocabulary

Draw Write Now, Bird LessonDrawing instruction improves vocabulary, because basic words are demonstrated during a drawing lesson. While teaching, simply describe a line or shape and describe their relationships to each other. You may not even realize that you are modeling these words: over, under, above, below, left, right, diagonal, curved, straight, horizontal, vertical, near, around, between, center, half, quarter, smaller, larger, short, long, zig-zag, choppy, smooth.

Read More…

Read multiple books on the same topic. A variety of sources provides a broader understanding of the topic. Nonfiction books on the Arctic: One Small Square: Arctic Tundra by Donald Silver, Houses of Snow, Skin and Bones by Bonnie Shemie, Here is the Arctic Winter by M. Dunphy, Sunshine Makes the Seasons by Franklyn Bradley.

Draw Write Now, Book 4

Polar Regions, Arctic, Antarctic

Polar bears live in the Arctic.

Thick fur keeps them warm.

They are strong swimmers.

They swim in the icy ocean.


Polar Bear Lesson from Draw Write Now

“Why do Arctic foxes follow polar bears? Polar bears hunt seals, but eat only the fat of the seal. Arctic foxes follow the bears and feast on the leftover seal meat.” See Alaska’s Three Bears, by Shelley Gill.

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 Common Core

The Common Core State Standards provide a clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. Individual states are adopting the standards, see New York.

  The Standards, ELA

(pdf, 340kb)
The English Language Arts Standards as they apply to Draw Write Now, from our publisher, Barker Creek.


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Handwriting in the News 

Computers and gadgets are great for children to experience, but remember to include handwriting instruction and regular practice in their day. Draw and write with your children—make it fun for both of you! This video was on our local news station last night:

A study is mentioned that found the following:

KING5 HealthLink, Good handwriting in children translates to good grades


Marie's Pumpkin Pie Recipe

I wrote this scritch-scratchy thing while Marie and Anne made the pies, way back in 1976. The typed recipe shown below is a cleaned-up version of this, using the Libby’s recipe for reference. Why the lower temps? Marie’s oven ran hot.My mom made the best Pumpkin Pie. Try it. You’ll see!


My youngest sister, Julie, is traveling across the country this week to visit our other sister, Anne. Julie’s only request for Thanksgiving dinner is Mom’s Pumpkin Pie. Anne hasn’t made the pie for quite some time, so she came to me, hoping I knew the recipe.

Marie used the Libby’s Famous Pumpkin Pie recipe—the one on the pumpkin can. She added this and that to it. “All I do is add extra eggs and milk, so it’s like a custard.” I’ve made the pies regularly over the years, but I couldn’t assure Anne that my pies were the same as Mom’s. So, she ventured into her creepy attic to find the handwritten recipe that I wrote down when we were much, much younger. Whoa! So brave, and now we’ll share it with you—Marie’s pie recipe… with measurements!


Pumpkin Pie Recipe
Marie’s Pumpkin Pie
Printable Version (84k, pdf)
(Makes 2 pies, 16 servings)

3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cloves (optional) 

6 eggs
1 can (29 oz.) Libby’s Solid Pack Pumpkin
1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk 
1-3/4 cups whole milk or 2% milk

2 unbaked 9-inch deep-dish pie shells

In a small bowl, mix the sugars and spices—the first six ingredients.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs.

Combine and stir the pumpkin, sugar-spice mixture, and eggs in the large bowl. Gradually stir in the evaporated milk and milk.

Pour into the pie shells.
(You will have extra. Marie usually made another little pie. I pour the mixture into custard cups.)

Bake in preheated 425°F. oven for 15 minutes.
Reduce the temperature to 350°F., and bake 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean.
Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate.


Connecting the Dots

I’m having a hard time focusing on my pile of work that MUST get done today. It appears I’m grieving the passing of Steve Jobs. So, maybe if I write a bit, I’ll get back on track.

I got my first Mac in 1994, right after our first book was published. I bought the thing the same week my husband was laid off from work. It was scary to put down so much money, but I knew I had to learn how to use the computer. The Mac was what our publisher used. Actually, it was the only computer with programs that worked for publishing. Besides that, Macs made sense to me… PC’s befuddled me. They still do. I’ve stayed with Apple all these years and, fortunately, always found a program that worked to cover shipping or whatever for the business.

This editorial by the Seattle Times was published on August 25 after Jobs resigned:  Here’s what struck me: 

His story could not have been predicted or planned. The Mac’s proportionally spaced fonts helped create desktop publishing. To hear Jobs tell it, their reason for existence was that years before, he attended Reed College in Portland. He became bored with classes and dropped out — but he hung around campus to audit classes that fascinated him. One was calligraphy and typography. It was fascinating to him but completely useless — until it came time to design the Mac.

He called this story “connecting the dots,” but he said, “You cannot connect the dots looking forward.”

Some of the little things we do with children may seem “completely useless”. You never know… during a lifetime, one of those experiences may be just what is needed for connecting some dots. Using Steve Jobs as inspiration, take time to draw, write and learn with children. YOU might find it fascinating!