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We are so glad you visited us today. This site is the creation of Stefani Sadler and Tracy Jarboe. We are both school teachers and enjoy writing, illustrating and presenting educational materials. We have many books available for purchase and free sample PDFs as well. We hope you enjoy your trip to the schoolhouse.


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 ABC Recipes
 Achieve the Common Core Kindergarten Math
 Back to School
 Celebrating 100th Day
Cowboy Day
 Classroom Mail
 Directed Drawing
Earth Day
 Easy as A-B-C
 Easy as 1-2-3
Fall Into Learning
 Fun with Fish
 Graphic Organizers
 Hats Off to You
 Illustrated Alphabet
 Kinder Comprehension
 Mother Goose
 Solar System
 Valentine's Day
 Word Families
 Write About It
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To print the free patterns that are available in some of the above themes - simply click on the pattern, the file will open, and then print.  It's that easy!


Directed Drawing



As teachers with over 30 years of experience each, we have always believed that a hands-on, creative, and balanced approach to instruction is the most successful framework for developing skills in young children. As both parents and educators we know that involving children in the arts and providing children with ample opportunity to create while using a wide variety of media; provides a strong, research based foundation for academic development.


We have enjoyed and practiced techniques we have learned from educational leaders such as Mona Brookes and Betty Edwards.  However, with a movement in recent years to teach to standardized tests, many teachers have felt pressured to stop providing the opportunity to explore the arts. We know that research has shown time and time again, the importance of art in the educational process. Children who are exposed to music and art instruction do much better in reading, math, and science. They develop a greater curiosity about, understanding of, and appreciation for the subject matter being taught. We know that providing arts in education stimulates better behavior, personal esteem, and socialization skills. So why do so many educators discount it’s importance and so many children stop drawing by second grade? The truth is that whole learning is a combination of current research, sound philosophy, and good teaching practice!


For many years we have been teaching, presenting, and publishing materials that integrate music, art, movement, and literature across the curriculum. Even though we now have a wealth of quality materials and training available to us, as teachers we are always learning and modifying our educational practice and supplementing district adopted curriculum. The activities in this book are not intended to replace core instruction, but rather to enhance and extend the concepts taught within this practice. These patterns may be used as independent   practice and are applicable to both school and home learning.

We sincerely hope you will find these activities and patterns complimentary to your instructional program and that the children you teach will find joy and success in reading, writing, and drawing!


We have created TEN different volumes that teach children how to draw in a step-by-step manner that builds confidence and ability in young learners.


Volume One - Seasonal Favorites

This Volume features twelve easy to draw seasonal favorites: snowman,       love-bug, shamrock, bunny, flower, butterfly, Uncle Sam, sun, schoolhouse, jack-o-lantern, turkey, and elf.


Volume Two - Pets

This volume features twelve easy to draw pets: kitten, cat, rabbit, bird, hamster, fish, puppy, dog, snake, mouse, frog, and turtle.


Volume Three - Human Features

This Volume features basic to more advanced human figures: young boys, young girls, woman, man, older woman, older man, infant, pirate, cowboy, clown, princess, pilgrims, native Americans, and helpful tips including features, hats, and positions.


Volume Four - Sea Creatures

This volume features twelve easy to draw sea creatures: crab, dolphin, jelly fish, manatee, octopus, puffer fish, seahorse, sea star, sea turtle, shark, tropical fish, and whale.


Volume Five - Zoo Animals

Twelve directed drawings in this "zoo animal" themed volume. (Hippo, Tiger, Parrot, Elephant, Lion, Monkey, Giraffe, Zebra, Kangaroo, Panda, Camel, Koala) These drawings have been specifically designed for beginning artists.


Volume Six - Farm Animals

We have included twelve directed drawings in this "farm animal" themed volume. (Cow, Pig, Horse, Rooster, Hen, Chick, Sheep, Goat, Dog, Turkey, Goose, Duck)


Volume Seven-Artic Animals

We have included twelve directed drawings in this "arctic animal" themed volume. (Orca, Puffin, Polar Bear, Seal, Arctic Fox, Penguin, Snowy Owl, Narwhal, Arctic Hare, Beluga, Walrus, Caribou)


Volume Eight- Dinosaurs

Features twelve easy to draw favorites: Brachiosaurus, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Parasaurolophus, Pteranodon, Iguanodon, Spinosaurus, Ornithomimus, Ankylosaurus, Plesiosaurus, and Velociraptor.


Volume 9- Birds

Features twelve easy to draw favorites: hummingbird, seagull, owl, peacock, parrot, puffin, flamingo, robin, toucan, quail, penguin, and eagle.


Volume 10- Story Book Characters


Features twelve easy to draw favorites: Cat in the Hat, Winnie-the-Pooh, Curious George, Clifford, Madeline, Cookie Monster, Arthur, Wimpy Kid, Max ,Charlie Brown ,Corduroy ,Frog & Toad.



How to Use These Books


We have found that directed drawing is best taught using the following approach:


1. First read aloud a quality piece of literature to entice student interest and enhance learning. We have provided literature suggestions to get you started.


2. Build vocabulary and understanding by incorporating poetry, phonemic awareness, and word play in the process as well.  Each drawing is accompanied by a simple rhyme. These rhymes may lend themselves to a piggy-back tune for singing and it is always fun to incorporate movement as well.


3. Model and discuss the process for students by drawing each object in a step-by-step manner with the children. After doing this several times as a class and the process has been learned, the drawings may be done independently simply by following  the step-by-step pictorial directions provided. We have used directed drawing cards successfully during center time.



4. Extend the learning process by incorporating different forms of media in the completion of each art piece. Students may color, paint, and embellish their drawings. We have listed   several ideas for you to consider besides coloring the drawing with crayons. You may choose to try one of these alternatives to provide additional experiences.


5. It is important to provide opportunity for students to revisit the drawing process independently in follow-up activities such as a writing extension. We have provided three drawing frames to choose from and two of these have space provided for writing extensions.


It is our sincere hope that your students will experience success in learning to draw and illustrate their academic works. We have provided two free directed drawings in order to get you started.


When introducing directed drawing to your students complete the drawing together in a step-by-step manner. After you have done this several times and the children have learned the process, then the drawings may be completed by the children independently at a center. An example may be as follows:


First, draw a circle in the top left corner of your paper just like I have done on mine. Next add a wing. Begin your wing on the outer line of the circle and draw up and around just like I am doing. Next add a wing behind the one you just drew. Watch me as I make mine. Move your pencil to the bottom of the circle and draw an arched line first going down and then up for the body. Now go back to the circle and draw two dots for eyes and an upside down smile for the top of the beak. Add a "v" shape to finish the beak. Add two half circles on the end of the big arched line to finish the tail. Embellish and color as desired ... you have just drawn a bird!


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