jujsky Posted July 24, 2012 Share Posted July 24, 2012 I just read (and I wrote briefly about it in my latest blog before I finished the book) The Power of Pictures: Creating Pathways to Literacy Through Art by Beth Olshansky. Has anyone else read this or had experience with the Picture Writing or Image-Making Within the Writing process? The book and video gave a brief overview. I became interested in this when I saw the end result -- a book my son's active first-grader wrote in PS this year. The book makes so much sense, and integrates writing, art, and literature (you can even use this approach for fact-based reports). She believes that a story has two languages -- pictures and words. By learning to "read" the pictures and write to pictures they create, students become stronger writers. It's supposed to be good for kids who are not traditional, sit-down, verbal learners. This isn't designed for homeschoolers, but I think it has a lot of potential to work -- especially since homeschoolers can spend the 60-90 minutes 3X/week she recommends more easily than PS since we don't work under the same restrictions. I think this could really work for History Kid. I haven't been this excited in trying something new in a long, long time! I was planning to use IEW's Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales, but I'm going to shelve it for now and see if this approach works better. IEW's stuff looks good, but it wasn't exactly what I was expecting in that unit. I thought it would be a bit more organic story-telling and less outlining and analyzing. I've been using that approach for the last couple years (not with IEW, but with K12) and it hasn't been working well -- especially not for History Kid. It's like pulling teeth to get him to do what he's supposed to do. To be clear, the book isn't a complete curriculum. It comes with a short DVD and it gives an overview of the two approaches and a couple of mini-lessons. The book also gives you ideas of the types of picture books to use, and explains how you can create our own units of study with this method. She does offer some other programs on her website that are quite a bit more expensive than the book (some you can't buy -- you can only get them at teacher seminars) but I'm thinking that if I can't figure out the method based on the book and video I watched, I might buy the Image-Making program which is step-by-step. If anyone has used this (some former teachers may have) I'd be interested in hearing about your experience teaching and using this program. I'm going to try to blog more regularly this year just to keep a written record of what we're doing, so I'll be posting about the process as we go through it in case anyone is interested. I'm going to do the projects right along with the kids partly to model (modeling is a big part of the process) but also because it looks like so much fun that I want to do it too! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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