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My daughter does not want to learn to write or draw, what can I do to help?

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December 12, 2019 / By Barbie
Question: My daughter turned 3 years old at the end of January. Recently I have been trying to teach her to draw shapes, lines, letters, or anything! She refuses to try to learn or even attempt anything of what I want to teach her. This is my first and only kid so I don't know what I am doing and how to do it right. She already learned how to draw circles but that's it she does not want to do anything else. And anytime I try teaching her a new shape or whatever she says she can't do it but she has not even attempted. I get really frustrated because she will not even attempt. I know she is only 3 but I think this is the stage where kids should start learning shapes at least. I feel really bad. Is there something I can do to help? Or should I just stop? I just don't want to be like those parents who do not teach their kid anything. I really do not want to use technology to help my daughter to learn to draw or write. Drawing and writing should be done with paper, pencil, crayon, etc... I feel like if I allow technology now then she's going to be really addicted to it when she's older.
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Adelaide Adelaide | 6 days ago
Thinking from a child development point of view, it's typical for her to only know how to draw circles. You should look that up, the evolution of drawing and sketches through childhood. Ask any pre-K teacher and they can tell you at what age will the average kid be able to draw what shape or figure. A paper, pencil, or crayon are all technological advancements of the past, just not what we would typically call technology in recent generations. What's important is that you allow her to explore her surrounding instead of spoonfeeding her what she needs to learn according to your idea. What I'm saying is that you should make learning fun! Maybe you can expand the ideas of circles or rather generalize them so that she identifies circles in everyday objects. tires are circles. cookies are circles. what about teddy bear ears? bear ears are half circles! You can place pictures of round things all over the house in a decorative manner and make sure they're eye level so that she can see them. Then one day, add a triangle into the mix. Add triangle snacks (diagonally cut pb&j uncrustables or triangle doritos). shape her omelet in a triangle. make triangle cookies together. casually hint to her during an outdoor activity, "oh look at that triangle roof" "mommy, what's a triangle roof?" "look, it's a shape with 3 sides!" then add the letter A all over the house one day and engagingly correct your daughter is say one day she sees the letter A and exclaims "it's a triangle!" "oh silly goose, that's not a triangle, that's the letter A. you see, the letter A has two little legs under the triangle" make letter A cookie or sandwich cutouts. Be creative. At age 3, I think most kids are still interested in exploring the sensory items. what they can see, touch, feel, hear, taste. take advantage of that exploratory nature in children and motivate her to explore new shapes or letters!
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Adelaide Originally Answered: I want to learn how to draw?
Reading art/drawing/painting books will teach you important skills and the technical stuff. Drawing from books/magazines will help you, but more importantly it is DRAWING FROM LIFE that will speed up your progress because you can see the full dimension of the object/subject. Sketching EVERYDAY will improve your drawing skills. When it comes to sketching, you are not doing a detailed drawing, but you are doing a quick sketch of the object/person, capturing the major details such as accurate proportion and simple shading. To sharpen your memory, look at an object/person for a few minutes. Study it and mentally keep the image in your head. Now look away and draw it. No peeking at the object/person again! Try drawing the image in your head on to paper. Doing this exercise everyday will sharpen your memory and eventually you will be able to create images in your head and naturally know how to draw it! Draw each object/person from every angle and different viewpoints. BUY BOOKS: Draw the pictures and study the information in the following books. You will learn how to draw anything and learn the fundamentals of drawing. Buy books at Amazon website. 1. You Can Draw In 30 Days by Mark Kistler 2. Mark Kistler's Draw Squad 3. Drawing For Dummies by Brenda Hoddinott 4. Lifelike Drawing With Lee Hammond 5. Exploring The Basics Of Drawing by Victoria Vebell LEARN LIGHT AND SHADE: In order to draw/paint something realistic you must understand how the subject is lighted: 1. Side Lighting 2. Three Quarter/Conventional Lighting 3. Frontal/Front Lighting 4. Top/Overhead Lighting 5. Back/Rear/Rim Lighting 6. Diffused Lighting 7. Stage Lighting. As you observe how the light falls on the object, your next step is to draw/paint it. The 7 lighting arrangements mentioned above are shaded in 7 different ways on an object using 5 values. In order to make something look realistic, you must use a variety of values from light to dark. Read the book Light, Shade, & Shadow by E.L. Koller for a thorough explanation of light and shade. Learn to draw/paint the 5 values on an object. The book, Cast Drawing Using The Sight-Size Approach by Darren R. Rousar uses these 5 terms for the values: 1. Shadow 2. Halftone 3. Light 4. Highlight 5. Reflected Light. The book, Lifelike Drawing With Lee Hammond uses these 5 terms for the values: 1. Cast Shadow 2. Shadow Edge 3. Halftone 4. Reflected Light 5. Full Light LEARN PERSPECTIVE: In order to draw/paint something realistic, you must learn perspective, which is the illusion of depth and dimension on a flat surface. Things look different when viewed from various positions, which is called one point perspective, two point perspective, three point perspective, or foreshortening. If you learn to draw/paint things as it really appears to the eye when looking at it, then your object will be in correct perspective. Read the book, Perspective by William F. Powell. GRAPHITE PENCILS: Graphite Pencils come in the following pencil grades: 9B 8B 7B 6B 5B 4B 3B 2B B HB F H 2H 3H 4H 5H 6H 7H 8H 9H Reading left to right (9B to 9H), the color range goes from dark to light. The B pencils are dark. The H pencils are light. 9B is the darkest color (black), HB is the middle color (medium grey), 9H is the lightest color (light grey). Reading left to right (9B to 9H), also shows how soft or hard the graphite is. The B pencils are soft graphite. The H pencils are hard graphite. 9B is the softest and it smudges very easily, HB is in the middle, 9H is the hardest which doesn't smudge at all. For a beginner, I would recommend buying 2 dark/soft pencils (4B 2B), 1 middle pencil (HB), 2 light/hard pencils (2H 4H).

Tate Tate
At three you don't need to be trying to teach that way. "Teaching" - ie instructing them to do it the way we want them to - takes the fun out of many activities. The real way children learn is through fun and satisfying their natural curiosity. Take the pressure off. Give her some washable markers and some paper and let her create what she likes. It should be a creative process, and a relaxed thing. Talk with her about her creations (what did you draw? is that a house? those are great colors). Don't criticize if things don't look anything like what she says they are. This is pretty normal at three. Just let her have fun. You can teach shapes by pointing them out as you come across them in daily life.
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Pete Pete
My dd is 2 and she knows we have study time I created flash cards to help her learn and at first I just started drawing stuff and did not invite her because I know she is nosy and she wanted to join so that is how I got her excited... Dont overwhelm her with information we add one letter a week and make all week about the letter/ shape hanging on the wall... She never gets candy so I got a thing of strawberry tic tacs and she gets one when she can go thru all the letters and that gets her excited to.... Try not to get frustrated I know it can get hard not to but if she doesnt want to do it than say fine I will study this than like a big girl by myself dont pay her any mind and keep looking at your shapes like that are magic and she will want in on the action... Another trick when my dd doesnt want to study I let her teach me she says whats this and I tell her she says good job and since she is looking at it it helps her learn too.
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Luke Luke
That's pretty typical of a 3 year old. Get her brightly-colored books with lots of geometric shapes in it. Also, let her see you drawing and writing; She will eventually decide to try it for herself. You might even want to turn a wall in her room into a chalkboard so she can draw on it whenever she feels like it- but be careful about that because chalks are small enough for a toddler to choke on them. Good luck!
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Jeduthun Jeduthun
Some children's shows might be helpful, such as Sesame Street. Not the new versions on pbs, but the classic episodes on youtube. Ernie & Bert rule. Characters like that often inspire kids to want to learn and try new things.
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Jeduthun Originally Answered: I want to learn how to draw?
Good question. Start with realism. Everything you draw will be based off the real world that you see around you. Even stars wars, anime, fairy tales etc. Most people start by coping images because we lack the visual library to draw purely from our minds and instinct. The ultimate goal is to be able to draw well purely based on instinct because thats the fastest way to do it. (well depends on why do you draw) But like doing a math homework without copying anything, you need to have KNOWLEDGE. Lots of knowledge. For drawing, we are talking about visual knowledge, mainly your visual library. How does an ant look like? How does a castle look like? If you're thinking of a fairy tale castle, then thats the limit of your visual library and thats what you'll probably draw if someone asked you to draw a castle. But hey, a fairy tale castle isnt how a real castle look like and if you're working a video game like Assasin Creed's 3 or a manga like bleach, a fairy tale castle wont work. So start drawing. Draw everything you see. Your computer, your hand, your spoon, your plate, your room, your parents, your pet, yourself. Thats the only way. There's no secret to becoming a professional except by building tons and tons of sketches and drawings. Technical skills like how to use a pencil or a pen, these things will come to you as you draw. Eventually you will realise certain things about the tools you are using. Remember, drawing is 20% technical skills and 80% visual library. No amount of technical skills can save a bad visual library right? Like how a detailed and very refined fairy tale castle wont look good in a serious video game. Its all about the major forms. Knowledge is key. Like how the legs of an ant joins to the body. Or like how a baby elephant doesn't have tusks yet. Estimated time to clog in to become good: 10000 hours PS: DO NOT TRACE AT ALL. You wont learn anything because your brain and your hand is on autopilot.

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