Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Form Drawing and Social Studies



Form drawing is something that we look forward to doing every week. We draw forms during circle time on Friday mornings first on chalkboards, and then with crayons on paper. We draw as we tell stories.

Sometimes, our form drawings relate to our social studies learning. For example, when we were learning about Medieval castles, we drew a line that looked like parapets and told a story about a king and queen.

The picture at the top was drawn while telling stories about Africa in the Middle Ages. We drew the picture below this past week as we told a story about the Aztecs.

9 comments:

dongdong said...

That's very nice. I have to start that back again with my daughter. Do you walk the forms at all?

Tan Family said...

Yes, sometimes we walk them, and sometimes we draw them in the air with our finger, especially if it's a brand new form. Most of the forms we do along with S.S. are forms that we've done before.

Grandma said...

I like the form drawing, it is very creative like everything done at Syrendell!

Tammy said...

So nice to be able to work form drawing in to what you are already doing with school work. :)

Lisa said...

Do you have a book to help guide you? I want to do this with my girls, but whenever I order a Steiner book, it's not at all what I had in mind. I know the philosophy, just need the forms, stories, activities. My oldest struggles with fine motor skills, this would be perfect for her.

Tan Family said...

Hi Lisa! We have two books: the one by Christopherus and the one from Waldorfwithoutwalls.com. There is great information and some stories in them, but mostly, we make up our own. Seomtimes we retell a story (like a story we read about Montezuma and the Aztecs while drawing forms from their clothes, etc.). I've seen a couple of books at the Steiner College bookstore that have more forms, but haven't tried them yet.

Sarahlcc♥ said...

Thank you for the lovely form drawing you have shared. I'm still slowly exploring adding more Waldorf - inspired crafts & art to our school. Did you have any books or web resources which you found particularly helpful?

Sarahlcc♥ said...

I just saw your comment about books in the comments!!!!

themagiconions said...

Thanks for the info on the books...
Also, I posted a poem today that reminded me of your blog... it's called The Dell. You'll enjoy it.