In both my Museum Masters and Time Travelers classes, I require the children to take notes. Whether they’re in first grade or fifth, I like the idea of them taking what they find interesting in class and either writing or drawing a few notes to remember. When I first started doing this, I wondered if it would stick..if the kids would balk at the idea of writing everything down. Boy, was I wrong. I am consistently amazed by the notes these children take in class. Not just in terms of sheer volume (some of these children are quite copious note-takers!) but in terms of what they each find most interesting about the artists we study. Every child finds something different that resonates with them and to see them create those connections with great artists, to find those little moments of humanity within each of them, is truly the miracle of teaching. I especially love the doodles and drawings that accompany some of their notes. Here’s a little sneak peek into these wonderful notebooks…and a small glimpse into the wonder and whimsy within the minds of all children.