“Mom! Can I read you the book I wrote?” My daughter came running towards me, waving a once-blank book in the air, a huge smile on her face.

This kiddo struggles to read, but has been a writer for years. She’s forever sketching out the things she imagines, and dictating her stories to me so that I can write them down. She’s still not reading independently, but she’s a confident writer who has no trouble putting her thoughts down on paper.

And it’s all because of the connection she made early on between simple drawings and the things she was learning or dreaming about. The connection between drawing and learning is powerful, and I’m super excited to be exploring a new program with my kiddos this year.

 

Drawn to Discover ReviewNote – Drawn to Discover provided us with an annual subscription to try and compensated us for the time it took to write this post. All thoughts and opinions are ours, though, and we only choose to share programs we think are great.

 

Drawn to Discover is a program that emphasizes visual literacy, meaning that they offer short lessons and prompts in various content areas and incorporate the learning into drawing lessons. It’s kind of brilliant, actually, especially when you have a bunch of different ages scattered throughout your homeschool, though it’s especially suited to kiddos four through about eleven.

That being said, I asked my 11 year old daughter to sit down with our subscription and check it out for me. She chose to do a lesson in the “Drawn to Peace” section which is comprised of illustrated quotes for the kids to make, and video lessons to teach them the steps to take. And, while there is an example drawing shown, and the step by step lesson gets kids to that finished drawing, I’m noticing that it’s actually inspiring creativity in my daughter.

She went on to add additional elements and a watercolor wash to her Abraham Lincoln quote.

And, she’s asked to do more lessons every day since.

Clearly, she didn’t get the memo that it’s only supposed to go up to age eleven… she wants to do this all the time now. It’s interesting, different, and the kids are learning while creating.

win-win-win

 

Drawn to Discover Review

Drawn to Discover Review

 

In addition to those peace and kindness quotes, there are lessons that include science concepts, math lessons, geography, history, language arts, cursive lessons, as well as a whole set of lessons for preschoolers that teaches fine motor skills and things like pencil grip. I’m looking forward to using this with my littlest two especially.

These lessons are meant as enrichment to content areas, and not as full science, math, and literacy curriculums, though. Want to check it out? They offer a seven day free trial on their website, DrawntoDiscover.com.

 

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Their research-based visual literacy curriculum:

  • develops fine muscle control.
  • promotes cognitive growth.
  • builds observational skills and attention to detail.
  • increases confidence, creativity, and problem solving skills.

It’s going to be a fun addition to our homeschool year — one that can enhance all of our other content areas, making more meaningful connections. And I love it when things can integrate across subject areas.

 

Drawn to Discover Review

 

Ready for some amazing news? Drawn to Discover has agreed to give TEN readers each an annual subscription so that their kids can draw an learn along with my kiddos! How fun is that?

 

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And that once blank book my sweet little struggling reader and writer brought over to me? It was filled with the most delightful story about a party in space for her and her little brother, and it joined the growing library of books she’s written in our family room on the bookshelf — where books by amazing writers and illustrators belong.

Colleen Kessler

Colleen is an explorer, tinkerer, educator, writer, creator, and a passionate advocate for the needs of gifted and twice-exceptional children. She has a B.S. in elementary education, a M.Ed. in gifted studies, is a sought-after national speaker and educational consultant, and is the founder of the popular blog and podcast Raising Lifelong Learners, as well as Raising Poppies, a community of support for parents of gifted children. She lives in northeast Ohio with her four bright and quirky kiddos, patient husband, and ever-changing collection of small reptiles, mammals, and insects.

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