Let a kid draw on the wall

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This year we are adding to the mural we started last year at MUJC developmental learning center.  Having this 2 year grant makes a huge difference in a school like this.  Special needs kids often take a long time to get used to a new person and our routine.  Those that were involved last year know me and the materials.   They come in knowing what is expected of them.  This year we have some verbal students.  One in particular Jasim, had a lot of great ideas for our addition.  He talked about adding people to each side and I had him draw some on paper.  The next week I asked him if he could draw them on the wall with chalk and put one person on a bike.  He was thrilled to try this and without any hesitation started drawing.  He also nailed the scale.  This was not only great for him.   The rest of the school started asking questions and learned more about the design process.  Since the students aren’t allowed to use knives I will turn his drawing into a 3d form to mosaic.   I enjoy seeing how these things evolve from drawing to foam form and then again as it gets mosaic on the surface.  I’m thrilled to have a young designer this year too

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The building has to go because the big idea is to create a garden space.  This school has a space they call Main Street.  It has a Shoprite that students work in,a paint store, a bank and other shops.  The mural is supposed to be the green space on Main Street.  Change is a big part of the creative process and Jasim is taking it in stride.  I’ll ask him how he feels about maybe a person watering flowers!