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Chapter 3: Drawing

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This week is about Chapter 3: Drawing.

The authors spend a good part of this chapter emphasizing the importance of letting children draw, after all, children naturally know how to draw, and to the little ones, drawing is their way of writing.

The authors go into details on how to teach the children how to sketch people using ovals.  Much of this chapter models a lesson on sketching for the little ones.

Drawing is an important part of the writing process, even for older children.  It is important that we support the drawing part of the writing process.  Here are some ways to support drawing:

  1. Model the process of drawing for your students.  Dedicate some of your mini-lessons to just drawing.
  2. Make sure there are plenty of supplies - sketchpads, colored pencils (including multicultural colors), crayons, pencils and erasers.
  3. Give children opportunities to sketch throughout the day.
  4. Have children bring familiar objects from home to draw.
  5. Enlist the help of other adults in your building who know about drawing.
  6. Keep a few tools such as these books for references:



Don't forget to stop by Teaching with Grace and see the linky for Chapter 3:  Drawing.


  1. I love, love the Ed Emberly books! They are so much fun. I have used them in the past in art centers. I completely love the idea of using them as a starter for writing as well!


  2. I love Ed Emberly books as well! I really got into How to Draw books back when I was teaching summer camp for school-age kids and Ed was definitely a favorite.

    Fun in PreK-1


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