Ready, Set, Draw!

by michaelpeople on October 13, 2011

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If you were to look through any of my old high school or college notebooks you would quickly notice there are just as many pictures as words. Bridges, statues, maps, landscapes, and animals, every margin of every page is filled with doodles and sketches of whatever I was learning about that day. To teachers and people sitting around me it must have appeared that I was only doodling and not paying attention at all, but if it weren’t for all of those little drawings I don’t think I would have remembered anything. Looking at my pictures as I flipped through my notes while studying really helped me to remember and in a way relive the teacher’s lectures. While earning my teaching credential I was taught that in order for a student to commit something to memory they must hear, see, read, and write it, but for me, it was the addition of drawing it, that really solidified my learning. As often as possible I try to use this idea in homeschool with Quinn. In math he uses diagrams to help with measuring and word problems, he draws pictures of places we visit and art he likes in the museums. Some of my favorite sketches that Quinn makes are from his spelling and vocabulary work. Each week, after getting his new words, Quinn uses the dictionary to define them, uses them in sentences, then makes a small illustration to show each of the words meanings. He enjoys making them and they are a great indicator for me that he is comprehending the meaning of the words, to date he hasn’t incorrectly spelled a word on any of our end of the week spelling tests. Here are some of my favorites from second grade.

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