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0 posted 02-14-2002 07:03 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

I was thinking about something when I posted a poem in the Haven (shameless plug) about the drawings by Kindergardeners when asked to draw their house. Kindergardener, to me, is defined as children between the ages of 4 and 6.

After posting Homefront (another plug), I asked some people online and here at the house about what they drew when asked to draw their house at that age, if they could remember. Most of them recall the same house, or very close to it, just like my siblings and I drew. I was wondering about this house and where it came from. Could it be a racial memory (if children are considered as a distict part of the human race)? Is it shaped by environment? Does early reading by parental types define the structure and surroundings of the drawing? Is it cultural?

One lady I spoke with drew close to the same house as I did (only she had a round window in the attic space), and she attended kindergarden in Japan, her family moving there when she was two years old. Another lady I asked didn't draw that house, but drew the house she now resides in (strange but true).

The house in question is usually one story with attic, steep 'V' shaped roof, two windows with panes, centered door, and a chimney, with curly smoke exiting the stack. There's a lollipop looking apple tree, for some reason, and individually growing flowers, sometimes grouped in twos or threes. And the goldfish swim on top of the water of the stream, if one was included.

What do you think, and could you tell me what you drew when you were that age?


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1 posted 02-14-2002 10:18 PM       View Profile for Erin   Email Erin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Erin

When I was little I remeber drawing a square house with the front door at the center, two windows next to the door, two more little windows above the other windows as if there were rooms upstairs and a chimney.

And for my family I always drew stick figures cause I cant draw ANYTHING.

"I wish I had the guts to walk away and forget about what we have. But, I can't because I know you won't come after me, and I guess that's what hurts

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2 posted 02-15-2002 02:21 AM       View Profile for Brad   Email Brad   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Brad

I suppose I drew the same house. I think it's environmental, cultural.

It would be interesting to compare our drawings with that of children a hundred years ago.

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3 posted 02-15-2002 08:32 AM       View Profile for Allan Riverwood   Email Allan Riverwood   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Allan Riverwood

Perhaps it is just the nature of the child.  When asked to draw things such as a cow or a dog, I'm sure a lot of their drawings would look very similar as well.  It's all due to the fact that children have to create prototypes for different concepts during their development.  

Culturally, the typical house seems to be the pointy-roofed two-window one-story stereotype.  This would tend to be why children draw it... not so much as they are drawing their house, rather they are drawing a house.

Kindergardeners like to be correct with small things like that, so they are not so often willing to deviate from the usual trends.  That's why they're likely to draw their prototype, rather than their house specifically... it makes them feel the most secure.

I think framing is another issue here.  I'd be more interested to see the results of, instead of asking them to "draw their house," eliminating the word "house" by saying "draw the place where you live," perhaps.  Something along those lines.


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4 posted 02-15-2002 08:41 AM       View Profile for Opeth   Email Opeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Opeth

My memory may be somewhat clouded, but what I can remember about drawing houses when I was a 4-6 year old was this...I was never asked to draw, "my house" but "a house." The kids in kindergarten were told the same, henceforth, we all drew the typical American houses with only slight variations to each.

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Mine are used to inspire students of architecture

There is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar.

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