My favorite year-end art project,
children drawing a picture of themselves
and comparing it to the drawing they made
at the start of the school year.
Look at how they’ve grown!
I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about.
I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
They are all more complete, Jennie. That’s what you do!
Thanks so much, Dan!
On a side note, I just read your news about Maddie. My heart is with you.❤️
Thanks Jennie. This has been hard. I appreciate the kind thoughts.
My pleasure, Dan. Best to you.
Another fabulous idea, Jennie.
Best wishes, Pete.
I love these!
Thanks, Will. BTW, one of my parents teaches Music Together and came to my class to do a session. It was wonderful!!
Wow, Jennie. A story of growth in pictures. I loved this. Well done, kids and Jennie. 🙂
How delightful Jennie.. ❤ They have certainly Grown in talent from your excellent teaching ❤
Thank you, Sue!
And, such a keeper for parents!
Very much so!
They have come a long way! And have grown limbs. A great project.
Thank you, Darlene!
Nice idea. Beautiful art work by kids🌹💐💫
You’re welcome 😊
So lovely xx
Thank you, Ritu!
That is precious! Amazing growth!
Thanks so much!
It is wonderful to see how the vision the children have of themselves changes. It is all for the good.
It is, Pam!
How exciting to see how much they’re growing with their fine motor skills, and self awareness.
It is amazing, and what a keepsake for parents.
Oh that’s true! I know I had a trunk full of stuff I kept for each of my kids that I had them go through take when we moved. Many times throughout the years they just rolled their eyes at me keeping stuff, but oh how they enjoyed going through it all when we moved and I was downsizing. 🥰
Mom knows best! Of course they love that you kept it, but not until they’re adults.
You have taken me back to a Head Start screening tool involving counting the parts of a child’s drawing of a person. I like seeing the predicted development suggested by the test showing up in your actual comparison drawings of kids over the school year.
Yes, that test is a good assessment of predictable development. It’s a nice keepsake for parents to see their child’s growth over the year.
They’re all amazing.
And, a treasure for parents. Thanks, John.
Fascinating! They’ve all grown bodies over the course of the year. What do the children say when comparing their “then and now” self-portraits?
They smile! And the parents cry. 🙂
Beautiful helpful activity . You can see and they can see how they are achieving more.
The growth is remarkable!
I have the same question as Liz has. Do the children notice the difference? Great project.
Encouraging the best talent in children Jennie! Well done 👍🏻 Even we can’t express like that.
A perfect way to show development!
It is! We do the same thing with name writing samples over the year.
I used to do the same. 🙂
I am huge fan of self-portraits. we keep them and create a book of them for parents at the end of the year or two years that we have their children in our class. they are always stunning and show how far the children have come. wonderful post
I’m so glad you do this, Beth, and not surprised. It is truly remarkable to see the difference and growth over time.
Hi Jennie, These ‘self-portraits’ reminds me of my school days. I can relate to them.
These 8 self portraits tell us how each of these 8 children recognise themselves.
Some children look happy. You can see a smile on their whenever you meet them. A few are anxious and tired. They know it well that people dislike them.
I’m just assuming. Wishing everyone a happy and joyful life. 😁✨
Thank you. The eight portraits are four different children. They each drew one in September and another one in June. The changes in their drawings is remarkable.
A year of development for a child is night and day compared to an adult. That’s why education during this time is so critical.
Well said, Pete!
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Thank you, Michael!
Great to see, and how they evolved to individuals, recognising themselves as persons. Perfect work, Jennie! xx Michael
The transformation and growth is amazing. Thanks so much, Michael!
One can see, Jennie! That’s really great, and just unbelievable. But here you have the evidence.
Yes, the evidence is proof. Best to you, Michael.
This is such a great exercise! I will try to remember to do this with Charlotte maybe for Sept first day of JK and last day of JK 🙂
That’s a great idea. Get her name writing, too. JK? I assume the K is kindergarten. Not sure what the J stands for.
Yes hehe, JK is junior kindergarten (kids aged 4years attend JK) and SK is senior kindergarten (age 5). 🙂
Ah, I see. Thanks, Jen.