I love this drawing that Josh made… how he colored every inch except for the clouds, the rainbow, the birds. His style is evolving…
When Josh learned that he would be attending a birthday party last week, he immediately said that he wanted to make the birthday card. He’d asked for a piece of paper “blank on both sides,” –as opposed to the scratch paper we’d usually give him. He’d asked how to spell ‘Happy Birthday’ and also Caden’s name. The rest –all the drawings and the signature (Josh & Zoë), –were all his.
The inside of the card
The outside back (cake) / The front of the card
I don’t know if Josh had been learning all about healthy foods in school or he was just inspired by an episode of Captain Carlos, but he had been going around asking me, Chris, Zoë, and Yaya what healthy foods we like.
Here is the result of his survey.
This is Josh’s Superhero Badge. After he had drawn the badge, he asked me to cut it out so that he could wear it. He very reluctantly agreed to let me glue it to a cardboard backing so that it would be a bit sturdier. He had wanted to wear it to sleep and he had wanted to wear it with all of his shirts!
I showed Josh some of KungKung’s paintings that I posted in my other blog. I pointed out the elements in the paintings –the clouds, the mountains, the boats, the “tents,” the school, etc. That seemed to have lit a fire under him. He told me, “I’m going to practice and practice so that my drawings can be as beautiful as KungKung’s. Even more beautiful!” Off he went and churned out six drawings, one after the other –all within half an hour. Most of the drawings included ALL or some of the elements that I’d pointed out to him that were in KungKung’s paintings!
It was already past his bedtime then and he still wanted to continue drawing. I told him to pack up and that he could paint again in the morning. He whined a bit about it, about how he might forget. So I made up a big sign that named Oct 24 “Josh’s Drawing Day.” He was happy with that and went off to bed.
So yesterday morning, he climbed onto our bed at 6:30-ish. Chris and I were too sleepy to play; besides, Zoë hasn’t come in to our room and we didn’t want to wake her up. Josh quietly got off the bed and headed out to the living room.
By the time I rolled out of bed at 7:15am, he proudly showed me this --
…and he was also busy at work on another one, reiterating that he needed to practice and practice so that his drawings would be as good as KungKung’s.
I don’t know what inspired this drawing, but we did go blueberry-picking this summer when we were in Canada. And the place that we went to also had a little “tent” where we got our buckets with which to pick the berries.
Here, though, in Josh’s drawing, he decided to make it a multi-berry field instead. The top and bottom rows are strawberries. In-between, you have the blueberries, the raspberries, and the blackberries.
I always have sketch books lying around the house and we try to always bring one along with us when we go out, so that Josh can draw. That’s a good way to keep him occupied, especially if I know that we’ll be doing much waiting.
Today, I got a new sketch book for Josh (and Zoë, too –because I pretty much have to get two of everything now). Upon coming home from school, he immediately set to work. Within minutes, he presented me with this:
I was supposed to “Spot the Differences” between the two drawings. Can you spot the differences?
This drawing was inspired by a drawing that Cheche N. drew for Josh when she was here on a visit a couple of months back.
He loves that drawing and thinks it’s pretty. He told me tonight as he was drawing this, “I am going to make my drawings even more beautiful; that’s why I’m practicing now.”
I love the detail in this drawing –the “sea lilies,” the yellow/orange coconuts, the many, many seashells all over the sand. The colors did not come out very well in the scan, but there’s a very light beige wash at the bottom of the drawing to show the sand. He also took pains to explain to me that some shells are round and others are triangular. I just love the little whorl he did on the round ones.
Oh, the green lines on top that you see are “sea lilies, only they’re not flowering yet.”
I know that Josh has been learning about the solar system at school. It was not in the focus guide where the topics that will be covered within the month are listed. I know, because he came to me with this drawing and took pains to explain to me what each part was:
The Planet Earth - The blue thing in the middle, with areas shaded to depict land masses.
The yellow round things around the Earth? In case you didn’t already guess, they are the Moon –in different phases, as it goes around the Earth. (Josh pointed out to me each phase and explained how "more and more shadows get on the moon.")
And what would be a good space drawing without an alien in his spaceship?
…that Zoë brought home from school, that is.
She enjoys coloring, but is still learning about coloring inside the lines and filling up all the spaces that need to be colored. Her coloring homework (yes, she has homework –every day!)? She attacks with gusto and would often want to color more than the designated page.
Josh wanted to make a thank you card for his cousins upon coming home from our 3-week holiday in Canada where he got to play with his cousins every. single. day.
This is the first one he did.
The outside back cover (left) and the front cover (right)
The message inside. Words dictated and written by Josh himself. Spelling help from Mommy.
Josh has both his Phonics and his Math workbooks home from school. We’d try to do at least a couple of pages every day.
I’d ask him whether he’d like to do Math or Phonics and 95% of the time, he’d choose Math.
He has been working on addition and subtraction at school and it’s something that he seems to really take to quite well.
With this exercise, I’d simply asked him what the plus sign (+) and the minus sign (-) meant. He told me that “plus means to add something” and that “minus is to take away something.” Having established that he understood the concept, I challenged him to finish all 12 equations correctly. He said, “That’s easy, Mommy. What’s my surprise?” A bit of c*ckiness there.
I left him to his own devices and he did finish all after a few minutes. Correctly. No erasure, no mistake.
I then decided to let him try his hand at telling time.
Took him less than a minute before he called out, “All done, Mommy! Can I get my surprise now?”
I love this watercolor painting that Josh did at school.
There is a black cloud and an orange cloud, because “it’s almost night time.”
The big black blob is a rock. Under the rock are pink “footprints. So you won’t get lost.”
The other pink thing beside the tree is a “building.”
Ah, the best part of the drawing: Next to the building is a big orange basket to catch all those “chocolates from God.”