Postby alisoncooks » Sun Jul 24, 2011 3:20 pm
jenmar30 wrote:We started MFW Kindergarten this past week. I have realized my daughter is a bit of a perfectionist. We are working on the creation book. If she doesn't know how to draw something, then she doesn't want to do it or even try...even to the point of tears.. I am not pushing her. I am trying to be encouraging and let her know she has to practice drawing to learn how to draw or do anything. It takes time to learn to do new things. Any ideas?
Do you have magazines that she can do a collage from? (pictures of plants, water, land, etc). DD & I did a creation book 2 years ago and we used magazine cut-outs.
Also, have you shown her the examples in the manual? They might help give her ideas.....Postby gratitude » Sun Jul 24, 2011 6:10 pm
My d.s. used MFW K. I remember him not wanting to draw for the creation book. So I revised.
My revision was two large poster boards taped together. He glued onto his poster board each number, 1 - 7, had fun coloring the numbers, and pasted each verse below each number. We read & discussed the Genesis passages that went with the days. He didn't end up drawing, but he ended up learning a lot from the activity. My oldest & 3rd liked what they saw so much that they did the poster boards too. Then we taped all of them on the wall for 6 months or so, and the children would occasionally point to them and comment on them.
He has now started MFW1 and is really enjoying the drawing. There is a big difference between the ages of 6 & 5. I learned with my children with the Drawing book for first grade, but you should see their drawings. They draw so so much better than I ever could until that book, and they also currently draw far better than I can. LOL! You will be absolutely amazed at what MFW will do for drawing. I know I have been. My 8 year old brought out a big poster board recently and drew a very detailed Viking ship. This was the child who at 6, 1 1/4 years ago, who was drawing stick people when we found MFW.
One of the things I have learned the most as a home school mom is that when they are frustrated it is better to put it away and start fresh again the next day when every one has had a chance to think about it and is rested to try again. Sometimes even one day of processing the information as they are off doing other things will make them come back and be ready for the challenge. Sometimes it takes longer than a day for them to be ready. In the end they learn a lot.Postby Smoakhouse » Sun Jul 24, 2011 7:53 pm
I have pulled the needed construction paper to make the base of the picture. Light blue for sky, medium blue for ocean, green for land, white for day & black for night. I went to the teacher supply store and bought some stickers (land, sky, water animals & stars) to use on the appropriate days. Then all my son has to do is add in some details as he likes. Or if not the basics are there and he LOVES to glue.Postby Julie in MN » Sun Jul 24, 2011 8:29 pm
Ideas from 1st but they apply to alternatives to drawing: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=2299Postby carissa » Sun Jul 24, 2011 8:40 pm
Yep, we did stickers and construction paper, glitter glue, etc. for our creation book two years ago. My perfectionist is finally enjoying coloring and simple drawing now that he turned 7. The beauty of homeschooling is that we can adjust things, provide a little time, a little training, a little muscle development, and it ends up working out just fine! (((Hugs))) Postby jasntas » Sun Jul 24, 2011 9:08 pm
I remember doing the construction paper, stickers, cotton for clouds, etc. with my dd as well. It sounds like you're past this but I also used a star shaped punch for the stars. My dd would occasionally draw something in but she didn't feel like she had to. She loved this project.
We also used stickers, stencils and such for the K math page that called for drawing.
A couple of easy learn to draw books that are good for this age. They are Usborne books called 'I Can Draw Animals' and 'I Can Draw People'. I'm not good at drawing myself and my kids love these books. They were not required but I would sometimes put them in book basket with a sticky tab on the page of an animal or character that would line up with what we were learning. They were also free to use these books just for fun if they desired.Postby MuzzaBunny » Sun Jul 24, 2011 9:11 pm
My little one can also get frustrated if she wants to draw, say, a tiger, but doesn't know how. I like to draw, so when she gets frustrated, I grab the white board and draw a simple animal. The tiger was an oval with 4 sticks (legs) and a circle on one end of the oval. Then tail, ears, ears, and "stripes". She could copy it and was pleased that she learned to do it herself. Now the horse... lol, dd is a horse lover. I made a simple horse which she informed me was not a proper horse. She then drew an incredible horse of her own.
Little people are so great.Postby Dusenkids » Sun Jul 24, 2011 9:42 pm
We did a twist on the creation book using our digital camera. Instead of drawing, we did a nature walk each day and took pictures of that day. I didn't develop them, just used my home printer but used those to make the books with. I only got 1 pic (stars) off of the web. That might work for this project.
Thinking down the road (math and phonics pages) tracing, stamps, stickers, glueing beads, buttons, pieces of yarn, noodles....you can get away with not drawing much. Oooo...somewhere I found directions for make your own stickers using geletin..... Preschool workbox section, Homemade stickers. Haven't tried it yet but planning on it soon!http://www.homeschoolshare.com/workbox.php
When my ds wants to draw something that is "too hard" sometimes I will draw the outline and he fills in the details. I have also gotten some of the step by step drawing books from the library for him to practice with in his free time.
Would it help to look at different kinds of art and see that not everything is realistic. That art can be close? I'm thinking of a nick "ad" where moose is showing a painting of a guitar. Draw it silly and it may be famous someday Postby jenmar30 » Mon Jul 25, 2011 8:21 am
Thank you everyone for your encouragement and ideas! I am so glad MFW has this message board for ideas and support! I also tried drawing some of the things for her and ask her to color them.. She said my drawings didn't look right. LOL! I think Im going to find some stickers or pictures to glue.. We have to go back and do day 3 that we didn't finish, Day 5 picture and finish up day 6 and 7 this week. I feel so blessed to be able to homeschool my children.. Thanks again guys!Postby asheslawson » Thu Jul 28, 2011 5:35 pm
I collect art books that I pick up on deep discounts @ bookstores or yard sales or even browse art online. I have shown my children different pictures of art from varying artists and styles (gotta show them some picasso of course)!! I encourage them to do what works for them by pointing out that there are many different styles of drawing, even stick figuring! This helped them to relax a bit and take a few liberties with their own drawings. We are just starting Drawing with Children this year with my dd, so I'm eager to see if we all improve a bit!