Lane turned six recently. His birthday caps off our summer and kicks off our school year. Buckling down to a full school day is proving to be difficult for Lane, as well as the other Edwards Academy kids. So many other things seem to beckon (and for Lane in particular, his birthday gifts.).
With nearly two weeks of school behind us, I'm thrilled to see the changes in all four Academy kids. Everyone has more challenging work to do and all are discovering higher expectations from mom. The drawing above is Lane's "Draw and Caption" page on Teddy Roosevelt. He was asked to represent some key events of Roosevelt's adult life (last week he did the same for his young life). You can see Roosevelt in the White House (top), Roosevelt pointing to the Panama Canal on a map (middle), and Roosevelt hunting a water buffalo in Africa (bottom).
The objective of doing a draw and caption page is to develop some pre-writing skills of chronology and sequencing as well as to practice with some dialogue and narration. Lane usually dictates captions to me, but this page above was scanned in before he added captions.
When first given the assignment Lane despaired, "What do I draw?"
"Draw a picture of him as president." I suggested. "Look at your President coloring book or the President book for ideas."
"Okay!" And Lane was gone in a flash, off to draw. A little later he was back. (The swirls on the door are his attempt at drawing wood grain knots and swirls.)
"How about the Panama Canal?"
"I don't know what it looks like."
"Well, could you draw Roosevelt pointing to a map of the canal?" I imagined Lane drawing another picture of a man standing next to a rectangle map on the wall. A smile came across my face when he returned with the picture (in the middle).
"Look! I copied my finger! That way it looks like a real finger!"
"Wow! That's fantastic!"
"Remember when we read about Roosevelt going on safari in Africa? Remember the photo of him posing with the water buffalo that he shot?"
"Yeah!" He was off again, and once again I imagined him returning with a rendering of Roosevelt kneeling beside a dead water buffalo. Instead, he came back with this picture. Naturally, he wanted to capture the action of hunting, not the photo of the hunter and his prize. (Notice the red lines which show the path of the bullet!!)