Ok, so let's start with some good test papers. As you know, sometimes we have to have a little retreat back to randomness from the 4000ish photos that are on my iPhone!
So, Ellie is not only "Ellie" on her paper. She is "Ellie.. Table of Leader #5" which I think can be deciphered in to, "Ellie. Leader of Table #5". And this is on the top of her test paper.
And thankfully, her teacher, Mrs Gaskin, just totally overlooks when she decides to be "Allie". Or Ellia. Or lately, even, Elliem.
Ok, since we were talking about letting kids do their own work yesterday, I thought I'd share some of the pictures I've taken in the last few weeks of Ellie's papers I find lying around all over the place.
I've been thinking of buying a "Neat Desk" as seen on TV! Has anyone used one of these? I have to do something with the mounds of pictures Ellie draws on a daily basis. And I know kid number two will want to start showering me with all of hers soon too.
For now, I just shoot a pic of them and toss them. Well, some of them. (Please note the sequence of happy face photos by ,"Ellie Groves", "Allie Groves", and "Colo Grove"s. I am wondering if she wasnt' watching The Voice and tried to spell Celo!?
And here are a few messages she had hanging on our fridge the other day. Seems she left out her sister. But never fear, She loves Lizzie!
Oh, and here is one I did for her. This is for "D" day at school. Remember how we have to send a show and tell item or items each week for the letter of the week? Well, we were stumped for "D" week. So, mom jumped to the rescue.
Each character has a little something that makes him unique, i.e. Willie holding a heart with his wife, Kori's, name on it.
And because I was first trying to get her to do the drawing herself, I was showing her a very simplistic version of how to do their faces, with a few distinguishing characteristics, like WIllie's headband, and Si's hat.
Ok, back to Ellia's artwork. This has been taped to Todd's mancave door for a few months.
She cannot leave a paper alone!! If she can write on it, it is as good as "wasted".
She'll put a single stroke on a perfectly good piece of cardstock. It's like it beckons her pen! It drives me BANANAS!! I am a paper HOARDER!
I actually kept thisone. I think it is so cute that this picture she got in her dance bag from dancing last week was colored and she wrote, "Madi" and "Ellie". Although, her spelling is a little off and one letter is backwards. It is still all hers.
I really liked this one a lot. I love that she did this colorful rainbow then cut it out in its arched shape. I think I might have to keep this one too!
I have a bunch of chipboard mini scrapbooks that this smart little kid takes apart and uses as stencils for her designs. In this case, a chipboard house. Then, she embellishes them with her own, shall we say, "flare"?!
And I instagrammed this one two days ago. I am not sure what that is eating its way up Ellie's leg, but I think it's Tarzan. (I asked her later and she confirmed that it was!). I love each of our hairclips! And she said that was "color blocking" on my dress (far right). Lawdy!
Looks like a peanut with legs. Just sayin.
Another nice independent use of a stencil, then add a design to that boring original. You go, girl!
And yet another nice self portrait. Thanks, Ellie for the slim figure and a hot little maxi skirt. Strapless top, might I add?! Madi has some KNOCKERS!
And finally, I found these on the counter last night. I LOVE that snowman! I wish it was on a page by itself, because I might have had it framed. And do you think the kid has too many monogrammed things? Only my kid draws a Santa hat, puts "Ellie Sue" on the bottom, and "EGS" on the top, understanding that the big G is in the middle! ATTAGIRL! Oh. And let's not forget that she is now writing cursive! After all, she IS five years old!
And lastly, this is "Gabbi, on a stepstool, picking apples". Well, duh! That's exactly what it looks like to me!
A close up of the step stool! And MAN what a BOW on her head!? I love it! I love that she thinks enough of her sister to have her as the subject of her artwork!
So there you go... 20+ reasons to NOT alter your kids' artwork! It is perfect just the way it is!!