I have children who love to draw and a few who don´t. Draw Write Now was the first drawing series we purchased, and it has really helped my children´s drawing skills (as well as their writing skills). (If you head down to the bottom of this article, you will see a few sample from my kids.)
What do I love about the Draw Write Now series?
- My children can follow the instructions on their own.
- We are practicing copywork as well as drawing. (The copywork is manuscript.)
- There is an amazing variety of drawings in this series: animals, geography, vehicles, people, and so on.
- These books have actually encouraged my kids to write their own sentences about different animals than the ones found in the series.
- My kids are better at drawing because of these books.
- The drawing and copywork get increasingly difficult as the books progress.
- The series is also great to have as a tutor at Classical Conversations since we focus on drawing for the first 6 weeks of Fine Arts.
- We even pull out the stack of drawing books when we have a number of children visiting for a few hours (for small group or just friends over to play).
Now, let me tell you more about the specific books.
Book 1: It´s definitely the easiest with mostly animals and storybook characters. The sentences are very simple to copy.
Book 2: This book includes Christopher Columbus (Cycle 3 history), types of trees and parts of trees (Cycle 1 and 2 science), more animals, and even a simple globe.
Book 3: This book´s focus includes Native Americans (which could fit in Cycle 1, 2, and 3´s history), Pilgrims (Cycle 3 history), and different biomes in North America (Cycle 2 science, Cycle 3 geography).
Book 4: Book 4 is full of animals from the Polar regions. Some of my kids’ favorite animals to draw are in this book.
Book 5: This one´s packed with U.S. history (the flag, Washington, Statue of Liberty, Alamo, Neil Armstrong, and many more Cycle 3 connections) as well as a lesson on drawing the United States (and showing when regions were added to our country).
Book 6: Book 6 covers animals and habitats. This ties in nicely with the biomes at the beginning of Cycle 2´s science. I like the variety of animals drawn since it gives my kids many more drawing techniques.
Book 7: This book (and book 8) specifically work through animals of the world. This one includes creatures from tropical, Northern, and down under forests.
Book 8: As the last in the Draw Write Now series, this book includes animals from the savannas, grasslands, mountains, and deserts. (Cycle 2 Science week 1 keeps running through my head as I type this.) I really like the tips this book includes for drawing the continents as well.
Here are a few samples of my children´s work. Obviously we all aren´t at the same level of drawing.
(Note: My children sometimes write Bible verses with the illustrations instead of the book´s copywork. These books themselves do not have Bible verses in them.)
We bought this series as a Christmas present a few years ago (if bought as a series, it does cost a little less per book). It has honestly been one of the most used Christmas gifts in our home. We love the Draw Write Now series.
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