Video from Oct 18th that I found on my camera. This supports my previous observations regarding the tendency for my kids to use temporary media (dirt, bath crayons, Magnadoodle) to explore new, big jumps in writing/drawing abilities. Reese has been using the Magnadoodle a lot lately and also doodling in gravel/sand/dirt. I try to snap photos whenever possible, and it looks like Griff has picked up on my urge to document. In this video, I love how he elicits information from Reese and gives positive feedback while interpreting the drawings. Transcript below because I know sometimes mothers can understand things when other people don't!
G: Hi, Reese. What are you doing?
R: Drawing a ladder. (then makes tiptoeing noise as fingers walk up the ladder)
G: What's gonna go up it?
R: (finishes walking up) People. Yup, a lot of people to go in outer space! But, they -
G: (interrupting) How many, a hundred?
R: Um...(wipes magnadoodle clean)...I erased it.
R: I'm gonna draw something else. (drawing) Uh...oh!...a rocket ship who goes underwater.
G: Ok, that's cool.
X: My camera, my camera, my camera! (whines)
R: (walking fingers through rocket ship)...walk through it, like the water, and he walks, walks backward...
G: So...how...it looks kindof like a dog if you go on the side. Looks kindof like a little dog puppet.
R: But there's no door to get in and out. (erases image)
G: (narrating for the viewing audience) So we can all see that, look, Reese is doing a lot of cool designs -
X: (in background) my camera!
G: - on the usual Magnadoodle, tagged "Fisher Price."
R: See this? This is the mouse trap. (starts to erase)
G: It looks pretty much like a musical note, Reese. Now what are you gonna draw?
R: Oh, a body set.
R: Do you know what the (unintelligible)
G: It looks kindof like a dog with a little thing pointing out of it...it's neck.
G: Very interesting.