Rick & Jennifer Tan present a Visual workshop to discuss the ins and out of Form Drawing.
Jennifer is a musician, fiber artist, prenatal yoga instructor, aromatherapist, wedding officiant and educator. Retired from service as an elementary school principal, she has homeschooled her children in a Waldorf-inspired environment and is an adjunct university professor. Jennifer consults homeschooling families, and runs two Etsy shops, providing families with fiber arts supplies.
Rick is a musician, artist, wedding officiant and Waldorf teacher. He currently is teaching at Davis Waldorf School. He has a Medical Doctorate, a BA in biological sciences, and a Waldorf Teaching Certificate from Steiner College. Rick spent ten years at home with the children and was a homeschooling parent.
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Below are a list of questions and answers that came through during the call:
How would you introduce this to a child in the 4th year who has no previous waldorf education?
Liz – England
Class 3 forms – what sort of forms would go well with a farming block please
Time and measurement block – for Class 3 – again what sort of forms would you recommend please?
How do you check the position of the body for grip please?
***Here is a link to a picture showing proper pencil grip for a right-handed child: http://www.gmbservices.ca/Jr/JrPics/HandwritingPencilGrip.JPG. Posture should not be stiff or hunched over, but a relaxed position that keeps the shoulder blades drawn down a bit, the tailbone tucked under, and the head/neck relaxed. Yoga before writing can help with posture.
***We usually draw the form in stages on a separate piece of paper or chalkboard, and then the child imitates on his/her own paper or chalkboard. For a child with fine motor or other developmental issues, hand-over-hand drawing with the child, or drawing it first and having the child trace your form could be beneficial.
Lily – Rochester, ny
do you tell this story without lifting the chalk/pencil etc?
***As I’m telling the story, I am drawing until the form is done. Sometimes there is a pause in the story and I’m still drawing. I only lift the chalk or pencil if I’m done with the form. Sometimes, this takes practice! If the forms are a little harder, like the mushroom one that we featured, I practice it ahead of time and I also practice it while telling the story before I do it with the children.
when she speaks about “the very young child or older child” what ages does she refer to?
***Young child in regards to form drawing is Grade 1-3 (ages 6-9). Older child is Grade 4-8 or higher. Forms become more complex and are sometimes done less frequently with older children.
bronte – berthoud
at what age do kids have trouble with form drawing ?
***Some children struggle at age 6/7. If this occurs at home, wait until the child is closer to 7 before trying again. By 7, most children should be able to create straight and curved lines, a precursor to drawing letters and numbers which usually occur next. If an older child is struggling with form drawing, it could be because the concept is new, because there are fine motor issues, or because of grip/posture issues. Watch the grip and posture, work on fine motor skills (handwork, playing with small objects), and start with simple forms. Just doing a lemniscate (sideways figure eight) over and over can be very soothing for children and a nice to way to begin a lesson on form drawing or writing.