I must say that this week, I was really proud of one of my little artist, Li-ann! Here is what she drew in our previous lesson of a chef:
Li-ann has down syndrome but she’s such a special girl with an inquisitive mind. When I first started out with her in her first class, it served as a challenge to me on how I could motivate her to move her pencil and how to teach and facilitate the learning. Thankfully, she has an amazing mother, aunt Apple, who is always around to give her a supportive nudge! (aunt Apple has a blog where she jotes down life’s journey, a good read) Li-ann is making really good progress as recently I switched to using markers with her and she is responding well to my guided class as she slowly settles into my way of teaching and as I traced my fingers to show her the shapes and lines to draw. Sometimes what children need is encouragement and the assurance that everything is fine. A safe environment that is! Notice that she did color within all her lines as well! she did great! Our next lesson we will be cutting up food items and pasting on the plates.
Another one of my homeschool artists, Songling, really blew me away last lesson when she pressed on and finished her drawing and painting even with a fractured arm. At first I was worried if she could cope but she could still move her hands even with the cast so we carried on with class. I must say that that lesson was rather tough in terms of complexity of lines! and I noticed a point during lesson when she started to show signs of slight fatigue so I joined in with her and helped her with the coloring and from there, she became more cheerful again. I must say I’m real proud of what she did at the end too (: What a strong girl!
Songling painting (when her arm was not fractured the last lesson)
Her painting during that lesson with the cast on her arm, beautiful cowgirl!
Actually, children can be such wonderful examples which we could all learn from. And they are just so special, every one of them! For we are all fearfully and wonderfully made aye? (: