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I used this idea as a pre-school teacher, but you might find it useful. I
built on Mona Brooke's idea of drawing as made up of lines, circles, and
pieces of circles.
I had some heavy, stiff velvety upholstery fabric and cut half inch wide
strips in varying lengths and "Circles and Pieces of circles" in matching
dimensions. We then used these-and the kids had a ball- to "draw" things.
As their skill developed, they latched onto rulers, yardsticks, jar lids
and whatever. These usually turned in to guessing games, into observation
games--how would you draw...? and/or cooperative drawing (taking turns
adding a piece to a group drawing. We worked on indivdual flannel boards,
on the floor, on desks, trays, people's backs, and they carried them around
on their trucks! As they began learning to write their names, we also
used these tactile pieces to create numbers, letters and words.
I am still of the conviction that anyone who has sufficient manual
dexterity and visual discrimination to learn to write their name (lines,
circles and pieces of circles) can learn to draw well enough to be
functional with it. Of course, some people do have better handwriting than
Lily Kerns CWKerns