>Hi all- I'm just looking for some insight... I asked my principal if I
>could send a letter home to parents requesting a sketchbook for grades 3-5
>for the school year (since the classroom teachers sent home supply lists
>last year with report cards). He wants me to explain in the letter why I
>want the kids to keep one. He says that parents won't understand the
>importance of a sketchbook at the elementary level. I want them to sketch
>project ideas, practice some drawing exercises, use it if they finish
>early, write and reflect on their work, take notes (5th gr), etc. What do
>you think? How do I say that?
Robinson, G. (1996). Sketchbook: Explore and store. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
In addition to providing a rationale for sketchbook use in the
classroom this book shows how sketchbooks can be applied to learning
in several subject areas (including art) across the curriculum.