When talking about assessments, I mentioned that we do journaling every Monday. I start this as soon as they are old enough to hold and manipulate a crayon, without eating the majority of it.
We are now using this journaling page that I created, and have available FREE in my TPT store.
This one from Heidi at Heidi's Songs...
And this Drawing Development in Children chart beautiful illustrated by Susan Donley.
To see how important it is to do this regularly, and the progression you can observe, here is the art work of Mr. G over the last 3 1/2 years.
8/30/11 First Journal Page 16 months
3/19/12 First Journal Description - "It's a bicycle." 23 months
9/4/12 Less scribbling and more intentional drawing.
2 years 5 months
3/18/13 Progression to Lines 3 years
4/10/13 Progression to Intentional Circles 3 years
Note that progression from lines to circles for this child occurred within a few weeks. If we didn't journal every Monday, I would have missed that rapid leap.
7/15/13 Adding Letters to Drawings 3 years 3 months
Notice that movement into letter formation happened within 3 months of intentional line and circle drawing. Drawing is a natural extension into writing.
12/2/13 Extensive journal entries begin at the same time as the first identifiable figure is drawn. 3 years 8 months.
"He went to his house and he was cold when he was walking. Then he arrived to his home. He was walking long ago."
1/13/14 Some times the simplest of drawings can have the most intense meanings. 3 years 9 months.
"Me and Cora [his dog]. She is helping me with cleaning my room. She is licking me because she loves me."
"These are the stairs I am walking up. Mommy is gone. The dog is licking me on Christmas Eve. This is the stockings. Cora is kissing me with licking me and daddy let me carry her upstairs. I feel happy."
5/12/14 Adding in environmental components such as sky.
4 years 1 month.
"Me and Blake and one of our wheelbarrows and my daddy. I'm hugging daddy."
12/29/14 Combination of skills utilized for random drawing. Practicing. 4 years 8 months. The older they get, the more specific the detail and the more they add in life experiences their parents may wish would stay unrepresented.
"Triangle, square, trapezoid and a BIG G. Two Ps and two Rs. A man with X shirts holding a beer cup with beer inside."
When I send the children off to kindergarten, I send their binders home. I love looking back over the years and remembering the excitement I experienced every time I noticed something new, moving, or amazing in their journaling. It's always a joy to hear their stories.
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