Maggie loves to draw, paint, and color just like many Kindergarteners do. I wanted to encourage her so I brought her a sketchbook when I came to visit. This morning, she had her sketchbook and pencil all ready for our outing to the zoo. This was totally her decision. I thought, “I wonder if she will really use it today.”

I was delighted when she stopped to draw the cougar, the monkey with the baby on its back, and the turtle swimming in the aquarium. She was serious and working hard to draw what she saw. I hope that she will not lose confidence in her drawing and will continue to work at observing and noticing.

Tonight I told her about my friend who started keeping notebooks at a young age and now has 89 notebooks. Maggie’s eyes got big. Perhaps she’s starting to identify with being someone who writes and draws in a notebook. I couldn’t be more pleased.

Maggie and her sketchbook. 3.8.21
Generously hosted by Two Writing Teachers.

6 thoughts on “Beginning Early

  1. What a nice moment. I love your line, “I hope that she will not lose confidence in her drawing and will continue to work at observing and noticing.” I share that fervent wish.
    And… aren’t children’s drawings the best?

  2. Your post shows how much you love sharing what you love with your granddaughter. Of course a trip to the zoo included a notebook! You are setting her up for success with the perfect tools in hand!!

  3. Observing, noticing, writing about it… she is living the writer’s life! How special for you to get to share it.

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