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My Map Book
My Map Book by Sara Fanelli takes the concept of maps beyond geography. A young character of the book creates a neat visual map of his day, a color map, a more common map of his room, a map of his (or her?) family, a treasure map, and some other maps. I am always impressed by adults that can imitate kids in their artwork – this book looks as if it was illustrated by a child. We read this book together, and came up with an idea to combine writing and art and create our own “Map of Your Heart”.
Map of Your Heart For KindergartenI drew a big map on a watercolor paper with a sharpie, and Smarty broke it into “regions”. She chose to write her favorite things, not to draw them, it’s pretty typical for her now. I wanted to do the whole project in her own spelling, but she insisted for me to tell her how to spell science. Then (on a different day), she filled her sections with watercolors. It’s sweet that in this kindergarten year we are still number one on her map with her favorite objects close by. It’s also good to see that friends take space in her heart – she definitely grew a lot socially this year. The only real surprise was to see “writing” on the map – in kindergarten my reluctant writer developed into an enthusiastic storyteller and especially into a scientist who makes notes about things that she observes.
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