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Little T had been drawing houses, flowers, and whatever she could think of, for several days in a row. Her MegaSketcher was hardly out of her lap, so I thought we would read the perfect book to support this fervor in drawing.
I always try to get a good go-along for any book that we are reading. For “Harold and the Purple Crayon”, I took out the similarly-themed “I Made A Line” by Leonard Kessler, another popular and well-regarded author and illustrator.
“Five in a Row” encourages the reader to explore the different perspectives to be found in “Harold and the Purple Crayon.” A square, seen from above, is a square. A square, seen from the side, like when drawing a picnic blanket, is a diamond.
My husband, the Wonderful G, said he had an idea that I wouldn’t like. (Why he was right is worthy of another blog post.) But since I asked him to be the “art teacher” in the first place, I let him carry out his plan. He and Little T used his iPad (can’t believe I agreed!) to take pictures of square and round objects from different angles. Little T then traced the figures with her finger. The clear demonstration led Little T to discover for herself that a square seen from the side looks like a diamond but is still really a square.
The alternative idea would have been ideal: take pictures, print out, then use markers to trace the figures. But, as I said, I did ask my husband for his participation. And so the iPad made its way into our mostly electronic-media-free learning. (Can you tell, I really didn’t like it! )