Drawing is a huge accomplishment for your little one. Plus, there are plenty of skills fostered by drawing, like holding crayons, scribbling, and eventually drawing straight lines. These, in the meantime, are contributing to your daughter’s acquisition and refining of fine motor skills. But these are not the only things she is working on, keep reading to learn more.
There’s a very interesting proposal from the New York State: United Teachers that suggests the use of a strategy called “The drawing and writing series”, which can be a great precursor for your little one’s future literacy skills. This technique can spark her interest in acquiring the necessary skills to communicate her ideas.
Long before she reads or writes, your child will express herself through drawings and, at the very beginning, it might be complicated for you to understand them. According to the proposed technique, when your little one draws, she is imagining a whole story behind it. What can you do to make the most out of her drawings?
- Ask! When she excitedly approaches and shows you one of her drawings, ask questions about it. This will help her put into words everything she imagined while creating the drawing. This will foster her language skills, which will contribute to future conversation and storytelling skills. Moreover, it will impact her creative writing skills later on.
- Make her feel validated by complimenting her drawing and showing interest. This will strengthen your bond and foster her self-confidence to keep creating new stories.
- Foster her memory. As she explains her drawing, she’ll also use her memory, thinking skills, creativity, and imagination. This will entice her curiosity and make her wonder about other kinds of communication, like writing.
- Another way to entice these communication skills is by showing her the pictures on a book and have her explain the story. This is a great precursor of literacy that also boosts her imagination. Furthermore, it will encourage her to make connections between letters, words, and visual symbols, supporting her visual imagery and language skills.
Later on, the use of drawings in writing activities will be vast. When she starts school, during creative writing activities, they will probably ask her to draw and imagine first, and then continue with a writing process. If you start doing this at home, you’ll practice the skills that will make her feel more comfortable when she is attending school, while also helping her find what is unique about her imagination. Soon enough, she’ll start writing sentences and answering all kinds of questions.
If you do this activity often, keep the drawings and order them by series so you have the chance to see the progress your daughter has made. Plus, it can also be a conversational starter between you two or with the house visits that will want to know more about those beautiful works of art!
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