This is a post out of the 31 Days of Morning Circles. You can find the main page for this series here.
Note: If you’re reading this series for the first time, I suggest you look at the daily structure post to understand the routine we follow in our morning circle.
Drawing is an advanced skill for a child who needs support with fine motor activities. This is why at least once a week, we include some pre-writing/pre-drawing practice in the morning circle—even if we engage in more in-depth drawing activities later in the day or week.
Pre-drawing/pre-writing skills have been practiced since we first began homeschooling. They include drawing in the air with a finger, a flashlight, and a stick. We practice drawing lines up and down, lines side to side, a cross, circles, a square, a triangle, etc. We also practice tracing with a finger on printable trace sheets—primarily straight lines.
Since then, we’ve moved on to practicing holding crayons of different sizes and shapes. We’ve also worked on holding pencil-like objects.
Below is one activity you can do today.
Drawing practice activity in morning circle
Use different writing boards (whiteboard, waterboard, chalkboard, etc.). Sitting behind the child, work hand-over-hand (with consent) to hold the writing tool.
Then, sing, chant, or tell stories while drawing:
- Lines and shapes
- Seasonal/holiday characters (e.g., apples, Jack-o-lantern, Santa Claus, Easter eggs, etc.)
- Story characters as you tell the story (e.g., Red Riding Hood, 3 Pigs, I Know an Old Woman who Swallowed a Fly, etc.)
- Nursery rhyme characters (e,g, “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” “Humpty Dumpty,” etc.)
(Note: I am an affiliate of Heather’s products. I will get a small commission if you use this link to purchase. You won’t be charged extra. I know you will find her materials helpful if you are looking for pre-writing/pre-drawing ideas.)
How do you incorporate drawing in the morning circle?