White boards can be amazing tools for literacy and creativity. There’s something magical about the way the markers glide across the surface, dry instantly, and erase easily. My parents purchased a white board for us when I was seven years old, and I still remember how magical it was.
White boards aren’t the novelty item they were when I was young, but my kids love them every bit as much. And, somehow, they eliminate the perfectionist tendencies my kids sometimes exhibit. Emma spelled this sentence out correctly (recognize Lily’s bug?), but I’ve noticed that she is more willing to risk guesses instead of asking me how to spell every single word when she is using the white board. Johnny attempts to write words, as well. Last night he wrote, “Go. T.” and then asked Emma for help with writing “the zoo” – then went on to draw a zookeeper with the word “zoo” written on his shirt, and an entrance sign for the zoo without further assistance.
When Emma draws on paper, each line is deliberate. On the white board, drawings are spontaneous, and she doesn’t worry about perfection. She knows that when the drawing is done, she’ll simply erase and draw another.
We have several small white boards, and the kids love to sit and draw together, often working on similar projects. Here, Emma drew a series of faces exhibiting various emotions. Johnny followed along, drawing his own interpretations:
Do your kids enjoy writing and drawing on white boards?