Children’s drawings are
Drawings can reveal
what they think
what they feel
what they imagine
what they fear.
Drawings can reflect understanding of
For me, this drawing on a scrap of paper encompasses much of the above.
Can you guess what it is??
I’ll update the post tomorrow to give you the answer…
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This drawing has been an excellent reminder to me that children often understand more than we give them credit for, and see things from a more advanced perspective than we expect. The sophistication of this picture by my 4 year old took me by surprise. The drawing is a radar map showing the current rainfall and approaching storm conditions according to the Bureau of Meteorology. If you look closely you can see two flowery stickers. The smaller blue flower on the left is the marker for our home, and the larger flower sticker on the right marks the city. The yellow colouring indicates light rain (and flooding), the pale blue indicates heavier rain (and flooding), and the orange and black section is the area of severe flooding around the CBD. The dark blue on the right is a storm cell approaching. The black circles are showing that there is hail in the storm. (There were no storms at the time, but approaching storms are the most common reason we check the radar).
On top of all that, this drawing is competely purposeful. Why did my daughter draw it? Because my Dad was staying with us. He couldn’t get home due to landslides on the road, and he had to drive from our place into the city during the flood crisis. Miss 4 gave the map to her Pa to make sure he would be safe on his drive into the CBD.
As a teacher I often found that purpose driven, child initiated communications were by far the most impressive pieces my students produced. As a mother I am finding exactly the same thing.