“2011 data from the Michigan Educational Assessment Progress (MEAP) reinforces the assertion that Project 64 and 120 participants become good readers. The state reading tests are scored from 1-4 with a 1 being the highest. The MEAP results of the 22 students from the research school show 19 of them scoring a 1 on the assessment. The control school had a total of 6 out of 22 students scoring at the top level on the assessment.

These results reveal that the research school students performed more than three times better than a control group with similar demographics.”


Source:  Drawing Children Into Reading: Projects 64 & 120, A Longitudinal Study at South Haven Maple Grove Elementary by Marlene Smith (2011) submitted to the Michigan Reading Association Journal and accepted for publication.


From books we've read, here are some quotes from our research that inspire us...

“I am now of the opinion that children should first be taught the art of drawing before learning to write. Let the child learn his letters by observation as he does different objects, such as flowers, birds etc. and let him learn handwriting only after he has learned to draw objects." - Gandhi

“The relation between speech and action is a dynamic one in the course of children's development.” - Vygotsky

“Research suggests that one kind of attentional activity can 'tune up' the brain for another more demanding activity.” - Sheridan

“By defining students as both writers and artists and engaging them in the combined crafting of pictures and words, we invite them to contribute much more of their individual potential to the thinking and learning process.” - Beth Olshansky

“The Hand”

by Frank R. Wilson


“How does, or should the education system accommodate the fact that the hand is not merely a metaphor or an icon for humanness, but often the real-life focal point - the lever or launching pad - of a successful and genuinely fulfilling life.”


"It is genuinely startling to read Bells “Hand” now, and because it’s singular message  - that no serious account of human life can ignore the central importance of the human hand - remains as trenchant as when it was first published. This message deserves vigorous renewal as an admonition to cognitive science. Indeed: I would go further: I would argue that any theory of human intelligence which ignores the interdependence of the hand and brain function, the historic origins of that relationship, or the impact of that history on developmental dynamics in modern humans, is grossly misleading and sterile”

Interesting TED Talk


Brian Kennedy - Dartmouth ~ Visual Literacy: Why We Need It


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