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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Quote It

You know when your child draws something and you put his name in the corner along with the date?  Well, Cassie started quoting what her students have to say about their artwork, rather than just writing their names and the date.

Dave and I LOVE this for a few reasons:

1. We get to know the story of a picture in Eddie's words.  This is major entertainment for us sometimes.
2. We will have that story forever, not just as long as one of us remembers it.
3. It requires Eddie to practice articulating his thoughts before saying them, knowing that someone is waiting with a pen to transcribe those thoughts for him (we do this at home now, too, and it is fascinating to watch a near 3 year old pause and think and then firmly state something instead of his usual blurt-out-rapid-fire style).
4. We will be able to remember what developmental stage Eddie was at on a given date without having to just calculate his age. Of course, we can partly determine this from the quality of the picture, but his motor skills aren't nearly on par with his verbal and cognitive skills.

Here's an example from a few days after returning from Gualala.


He did, in fact, get to hold a frog some other kid caught in the river.  It won't be long before he's catching his own frogs...and lizards...and snakes...and who knows what else. Wowza, kiddos grow up too fast!

3 comments:

Leah Roy said...

That's so awesome that she does that! I love Eddie's illustration and description of it, smarty pants!

Kristen said...

I love this idea!!! Thanks for sharing!

Kristen said...

I love this idea!! Thanks for sharing!!