I thought I had better point out that Norah learned how to make “finished” drawings before she started illustrating the pictures you have seen for her narration notebook. I used Drawing with Children by Mona Brookes to introduce her to drawing.
But the book runs out of exercises. It stops “holding your hand” and eventually, you have to come up with your own, meaningful subject matter for drawings. I found this very challenging until Norah started using the subject matter from the stories we read to come up with pictures to draw. Now Norah usually has an abundance of meaningful and often challenging things to draw.
In the photo above, Norah is in the middle of drawing an illustration for her narration notebook. I encourage Norah to base her pictures off the illustrations in the book and other images we find online. Notice that the book is propped open so that she can see the drawing of a lamp stand from the story we read. I also found the image of a genie’s lamp online, so I sat my laptop on the table for her to use as another reference.
I discuss the pictures with Norah before she draws anything. She has to “visualize” what she will draw and how it will fit on the page before she puts marker to paper. These are all strategies Drawing with Children teaches.
This is the picture Norah ended up with that day.
I have to encourage Norah to keep going until her pictures look “finished,” meaning they have background details and are filled with color. Sometimes, we have to set a drawing aside and come back to it, if Norah is showing signs of fatigue. It is difficult for a five year old to focus on one task for a long time. But, Norah loves to draw, so she grows eager to return to the task, eventually. And she and I are always proud of what she accomplishes after diligent effort.