Blessed with six wrote:I am really wanting to use Drawing With Children for 2 of my kids that are doing MFW 1st Grade. My question is this...
Is it really necessary to answer all the beginning questions, drawing and analyzing how you feel about it etc or can I simply read through the beginning 39 pages or so and then get started? I like the idea of Drawing with Children just wanting to know if you all use it and do you do everything suggested in the first several pages?
Thanks a bunch!
Wife to Clayton 17 years, mother to: dd14, dd12, ds10, dd7, dd4, ds2 and baby Josiah, who is now 1 month old!
I might be wrong about this, but here are my interpretations of How not to get too bogged down in those Pages during the first few days of 1st grade (especially when you just had a baby!)
You'll still need to read the book, but here are some highlights from my personal point of view. (I could be way off base)
p. 4 – I’m not sure if it is necessary for children to take the I agree/I disagree survey. Nice for adult to read through a bit. It's designed to encourage you as an adult in case you aren't artsy.
p. 5 Both mom and child do the practice drawing with the scene.
p. 6 Reflecting on how you feel --- probably not worth getting bogged down with this. I’ve interpreted this exercise as being for Mom to do with Mom’s practice drawing, not for kids to do with their own practice drawing. It will help you down the road if/when your child gets discouraged with drawing to be able to talk about it with them based on your experience. So don't skip it entirely, but you can just think about your feelings about your own art work.
p.7-20 --- read through this section now. Review it later or discuss it later with your child IF your child gets frustrated with their own art work.
p. 20-24 helpful to let your students know some of this or at least for mom to realize it
p. 25-27 – shopping tips for arts supplies. You’ll need basic supplies before doing the book.
p. 28-31 --- let your child look through the drawings in the book with you. If your children get nervous that they can’t draw like that, then review the paragraph on p. 30 called Sharing Your Feelings.
p. 30 – collecting things to draw is an ongoing process.
p. 32-39 --- teaching tips for you. Read them now and refer back as needed
I don’t think there is too much “to do” in those pages except to get your supplies, have the photocopies that are mentioned, Do a Practice Drawing (page 5), you and the kids scan the book together for fun and look at the picture. Much of the book is teaching tips and general encouragement. Remember that the 1st grade TM schedules when to do the other lessons past this point.
....and ((((hugs)))) and congrats about baby #7!!!!