Let it be known, I am not a big fan at all of free draw in my class. The kids tend to waste paper, and leave a mess, and even rush through the project so that they can draw whatever they want. That's not ok. They're supposed to be doing their best work all the time, right?
I usually take the recycled paper from the workroom and let the kids use the blank side for free draw. This is what
my free draw center looks like pretty much every day. Tiki Man is angry.
So I just hole punched a pile of white copier paper and had each kid take 10 pages for now, and put them in the brad folders they were supposed to bring to class. Today I only had time to give one class a sketchbook prompt. Some of them sat and thought for a long time about it. I told them it's ok to write in your sketchbook instead of draw. It's for saving ideas. So if they are pictures or words, it doesn't matter. Studies have shown that working consistently in a sketchbook can help improve literacy. Seriously. That's what I read. Somewhere. I wish I could link you.
Now I need a nice, organized way to store them. I had been using colored file boxes, but they are really too small and tore up easily. I need some rubbermaids, or maybe a shelf system. If you use sketchbooks with elementary kids, what do you do? Do you give prompts, or let them just draw and collage freely? I'd really like to know. This is something I hope I can be consistently utilizing rather than free draw or busywork.
Have a great start to the year!