A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Emerging Readers Draw Their Reading

By Lauren McCann.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

The saying “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words” holds merit. As a practicing teacher I am always looking for new ways to understand my young learners and discover their prior knowledge on a given subject. At the start of the school year my kindergarten students were asked to draw themselves reading. As an open-ended activity, this project was child centered allowing each student to create from his or her mind and heart. The results were telling. Through analyzing each image using Lowenfelds pre-schematic stage, I was able to decipher my student’s relationships to reading and determine which students need extra support or more interaction with literature. Although my experience is at the kindergarten level, the possibilities for such an activity are endless.

Keywords: Literacy, Kindergarten, Drawing, Child Centered Curriculum, Integrated Arts Practice

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp.227-240. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.098MB).

Lauren McCann

Kindergarten teacher at Lower Canada College, PHD student at Concordia University, Art Education Department, Concordia University and Lower Canada College, Montreal, QC, Canada

I am a full time practicing kindergarten teacher who has worked not only in Canada, but in the International school system as well. Having taught through the British system at The British School in Warsaw Poland and having experienced the IBO program at the International School of Paris, my views and philosophies of education are well rounded. Along with my teaching, I continue my studies and research as a PHD Art Education student at the University of Concordia. My research interests include the implication of the arts in your everyday classroom, specifically with regards to literacy. I am also interested in the life histories of kindergarten teachers, how they came in their position and how they make use of the arts in the early childhood classroom.

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