Scribble To Draw
Activity Level - Fun movement based activities.
Days - 8 weekly sessions during school terms
Age Group - 3/ 3.5 years old up to 5 years. 5 year-old children not drawing representational pictures of people and objects.
Weekly/ fortnightly - Weekly
Group Size - 3- 8 children with one caregiver each
Cost - $ 85 per session. Private Fund rebateable*. This is a group designed to work on using hand tools such as pencils, crayons and paint.
Pay Up Front Discount - 5 % with receipt give after each session with claimable rebates for medicare and/ or private health if you have funding available to you. Cost of group for 8 sessions; Discount
Pay Up Front Members Discount 10% - Session Cost – must commit to full group) Total cost is $504
32 Satinay Street, KEPERRA, 4054
For Children 3.5–5 year-olds (Pre-kindy & kindy kids). For children who are not yet drawing representational pictures of people and to build their hand skills and visual motor coordination in using tools. Tools such as crayons, pencils, pens, glue sticks, cotton wool sticks, rolling pins.
We want your children to have happy memories around craft and drawing skills. Picking up a pencil or a paint brush will improve pre-writing skills, build confidence and your child may start to choose to do fine motor drawing tasks at child care and kindergarten.
Who cares if their drawing doesn’t look like something, as long as they get more practice and they feel more motivated to try drawing and craft at kindy because these skills are the precursor to handwriting control and skills. The more practice in using hand drawing tools the more likely they will ‘give handwriting a go’ in Prep.
We want you children to develop language around their drawings so they start to build conceptual ideas around what the picture is, where is the picture set etc.
If we can get them to put pencil to paper and slowly build skills, your child should start to draw early shapes and pictures of faces. Shapes are precursor to drawing representational pictures and the more refined curves and lines in letter writing.
Come out and play at ‘Scribble to Draw’ and help your child be one step closer to being less aversive to writing letters when they eventually get to school. Gaining ability to draw intentional lines and shapes helps our hand motor control. Refining motor control will support later handwriting skills.
Some children are not yet drawing pictures that look like things this is a group to help kids gain more practice in using pencils and paper.
Scribble to draw is just the beginning to working towards more representational pictures and shapes. Our group program ‘Sharp Shapes’ builds on from this group.
Representational drawing involves imagination, knowledge of concepts such as: –
knowing where they sit in relation to each other
concept of colours
number concepts (how many flowers should we draw?)
individuality – every person has the same features but looks slightly different.
Also involves concepts of big and small, first and last, short and tall
Using different shapes to make trees, house and flowers (developmental shapes such as circle, square and cross) – this is more worked on in our, ‘Sharp Shapes’ group.
It’s important to learn the parts and functions of objects in drawing. We encourage building language around where the door is and why it’s important
Carrying out instructions
Solving problems in their art work
Encourages about drawing pictures of an incident or a scene in a story book. While they draw (where it is representational or not) it allows them to organise their thoughts and think about the scene, what is happening in the scene and shat is going to happen next.
Drawing also requires using underlying skills such as: –
Visual memory – preproducing shapes already practiced or reproducing objects previously seen. Taking part of a drawing or shape on the page and turning it into something. For example, a rectangle could be a car.
Motor planning – more practice coordinating hand and arm movements when using a pencil or a tool such as a paint brush. The more practice the better the quality of movement ready to be efficient when learning to handwrite.
Spatial Awareness – knowing how big one person is relation to another, knowing how small eyes are and where they are placed in relation to the nose and learning to use the whole page for your picture rather than the bottom right hand corner.
These are all important skills for school readiness and you can start early 3 – 3.5 years old. The more practice the more these skills will improve ready for school.
Please note this is an early intervention group o there is no expectation that your child has done much drawing.
An experienced therapist to run the group and all the resources will be provided. You just have to turn up with your child. Different caregivers can come different weeks if you can’t come to all of them. It allows others in your family to spend some quality time interacting with your child.
Your child is exposed to social rules in a group context. We will model sharing ( Whose turn is it for the scissors, can you ask Tom for the red crayon etc.) in preparation for more negotiation and interaction with their peers.
Show your child that you are interested in their work and learning about more complex pre-writing, fine motor skills.
The child will need to come with a caregiver who will help them during the activities
We do not have child minding facilities, we are unable to accommodate for siblings. Please sort out child care arrangements before agreeing to come and/ or arrange for incidental care giving if one of your children is sick from school. It is not fair on other families and can affect the group dynamics.
If your child is struggling with the routine of prep, it might be worth attending a group such a prep readiness and or the ‘Books Alive’ or the fine motor groups where they can first learn to focus in a small group doing activities that are not so labour intensive
Contact Thrive Therapy and we can arrange for a therapist to call you back and help you decide whether this group is appropriate and whether it would be best to either have a therapy screen first or attend a less technical group before attending this group.
What if my child doesn’t end up drawing representational pictures?
It is all about practice, the more practice the closer your child gets to improving the quality of their hand movement and their drawing skills. There will be a therapist available to help you adjust the program and provide advice.
If you want your child to start to draw and they don’t end up drawing representational pictures then adjust your expectations and the therapist will help you with ideas on how to continue to develop your child’s skills.
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