I've discovered something new for my daughter this week. Well, it's not really new. I used it with my older kids, who are high school level now. I kept it all these years. As I was looking through our many book shelves for books and materials we no longer use, I found our Draw Write Now books. I remembered how much my older kids loved them. I've recently noticed our youngest daughter has been drawing a lot, but most of her people and animals look like stick figures. So when I saw these, I thought they'd be perfect for her now. I showed her how the pages show her, step by step, how to draw. We started with a picture of a hen and her two chicks. She did so well. I had her draw it several times this week, since she learns best through repetition. These Draw Write Now books also come with their own sketch pads that have lined paper on one side, and on the other side is the box to sketch your drawing.
Since we did the same drawing several times, I decided to have her write a story about the hen and the chicks. To help her, we borrowed some books from the library about farm animals, including hens and chicks, and did some animal lessons. Each time she drew it, the story would progress. I helped her make up the story, helping her along the way with some dictation. She also played some of the language arts games she plays online, choosing the 'farm' category.
This Draw Write Now book is titled On The Farm. It may take us a few months to get through this one book, but she will have learned to draw a few critters, some people, and I'll have quite a few cute stories to save for our memory book.