Tuesday, August 10, 2010

sketching to learn

My boy is all about drawing these days. Every morning, every evening, while I make lunch, in the car, on the docks, pencils and some sketch book or another are always in hand.
Of course his latest proclamation is that he would like to be a marine architect and many, many of his drawings are of every type of ship imaginable or imagined (Evan, you will be hearing more from him on this!)
Second to things that float are observations in nature.
He's found his own way of absorbing the world around him, making it his own, creating a memory.
Times like this are so important for me as mama-teacher, reminding me to step back and let him create his own "curriculum" (a word that comes up more often than I care to think lately now that he's entering "1st grade"). I am so often humbled and awe struck by how he chooses to "study" certain things and how he commits to them in his own way.
All the while chatting away, talking to himself, or the plants, or the pencils, or to the universe... asking questions, making up songs, pondering the imponderables, inventing dialogue, disappearing in his work. And my job is not to correct is spelling or point out the scientific aspects of the plants, or suggest he draw bugs next or get him to measure them to practice his numbers... it's just to sit and observe and learn from my favorite little teacher.
(I love the skull & cross bones - x with circle- in this one, showing that pokeweed is poinsonous. Something we learned last year when we almost mistook it for elderberry!)


11 comments:

Joy said...

What a great little sketchbook full of nature drawings! I would say he's learning plenty. ;)

Diane, Evan and Maia said...

sweet. we have book after book half filled with Maia's drawings and thoughts. She never got the idea of going one page to the next--so the pictures are in random places through the books. It's so sweet to look back at them:)
We used to have Ev's old boat pics too, his were early high school age though.

FuNkY MoMmY said...

What a great project!

momma rae said...

so sweet! i love the poison sign, too. ;)

Andrea said...

I love this! My son doesn't seem to interested in drawing or painting, no matter how much I try. I'll have to show him this.

Little Lovables said...

so neat for him, he is such a brilliant little one

Nicole said...

So wonderful and sweet. I love his sketches!

gardenmama said...

Well you know that I love this Cindy!
Life learning, fostering a love of learning, applying lessons to life in natures classroom... Yes, lots of talk of curriculum etc. these days! I told you! ; )

mamaroots said...

awesome job mama and Zach! We are just thinking about heading out on the gravel roads for elderberry- remembering your help last year when we picked pokeberry-love the drawings and pictures!

mamaroots said...

awesome job mama and Zach! We are just thinking about heading out on the gravel roads for elderberry- remembering your help last year when we picked pokeberry-love the drawings and pictures!

Dawn said...

It reallly is such a wondeful way to learn.
His drawings and writing are wonderful.
Dylan is never without drawing supplies right now. I love it!

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