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My 8 year old daughter plunked herself down on a big rock in my garden today,
and began to sketch (colored markers) a bumble bee on a Pink Coneflower. It
was beautiful! And she looked up when another bee joined in and said "Look
Mom! Now I can get another angle of the bee!" THEN she said, "Mom! We
always draw bees with black and yellow stripes, but they are not REALLY
striped! Look!" I was so happy! Now, c'mon. The other third graders in
her class, when I taught them last year in school, were NOT observing like
this. Granted, I am new to teaching at her school, but I think that the
observation skills she is using, and the drawing skills she is applying are
beyond her classmates. Is this biased? Most likely. Keep in mind, too,
that our own children see US, as artists, and want to emulate us simply
because we are their parents. Food (or pollen) for thought.