Doodling, drawing on the paper, writing words in the margins, do you have a child like that? Do you think that this is a sign they are not paying attention? I just read that this is actually a terrific way or remembering. It involves more senses and interaction with what is being said or read and it has a name! Sketchnotes.

Sketchnotes are particularly beneficial to someone who has ADD or a hard time paying attention. It is the idea you are capturing key concepts and big ideas and recording them visually. Some benefits to this type of notetaking are:

  • The spontaneous marks make you think about the subject.
  • It engages all learning modalities: visual, auditory, reading and writing, and thinking.

One of my sons always had a hard time focusing in class with lectures or in church when it came to sermons. He said that making doodles on his paper helped keep him engaged. It looks like now the science backs up what he already knew to be true. It’s great that we can homeschool and allow our children to find what works for them.

If you are intrigued by this, I have a great website by an artist that gives you exercises to practice this technique. I am not an artists, but based upon the advice he gives and the drawings he has made available on his blog, I think I can draw these with some practice. Okay, a lot of practice. 🙂 Click here to learn more ->SKETCHNOTES


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