One Sunflower


on January 10, 2012

The second grade teacher pulled me aside yesterday morning and pointed to the display of my student writing on the wall.  “Are most of your students going to kindergarten next year?  They draw so well.”  She has a son who is almost 4 and she was comparing his work to those of my preschoolers.  “How do you get them to draw people?”

“Well……………(and then I started to sing:)

“Mat Man has one head, one head, one head
Mat Man has one head, so that he can ……think!
Mat Man has two eyes, two eyes, two eyes
Mat Man has two eyes, so that he can….see!”

So begins the song about “Mat Man,” from the curriculum CD that accompanies Handwriting Without Tears.  My children love to sing the song and it helps get everyone drawing a figure successfully.

Of course the children draw other figures in their journals and we talk about how to turn Mat Man into self portraits but every so often we take the time to sing and draw “the original.” 

7 responses to “Matman

  1. I was just talking with a teacher yesterday about how we can support the child’s development in areas such as drawing and writing when we give them the tools and this song is a perfect example. Thanks

  2. p.s. – love you new blog design!

  3. Tara says:

    Those pictures are so sweet – I miss the days of letters and cards decorated with stick figure drawings!

  4. elsie says:

    What a great way to get bodies with parts into a picture! They are learning and growing so much.

  5. Linda Baie says:

    Love those pictures, & your fun/successful way to get the kids to draw people. Music is really helpful!

  6. Betsy says:

    Love the pictures! I love watching kids draw, so much thinking and processing. :)

  7. Donna Smith says:

    Why is he called “Matman”?
    At any rate, when students said they couldn’t draw something, I always helped them by asking them to find the parts and shapes, then showed them how to put them together. I also always told them there were no mistakes, just changes to work with. Erasing was discouraged. Sometimes we drew together; me on one piece of paper, them on another. No one’s figure looked the same, and they were all pleased as punch with what they could do.
    Visiting parents and high schoolers, “helpers”, in the classroom often gave a very wrong message when they drew something for a student that said they couldn’t draw it.
    Light bulbs would go off in the “helpers'” heads when I told them that by drawing it for the child, they were actually telling the child they couldn’t draw, and thus the child lost all confidence in their ability.
    I love, love, love kids drawings! It’s what I miss most about retirement. Thank you for bringing in the pictures to share.

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