I spent some time reading this book today in preparation for a conference session I am giving next month concerning art at the early childhood level. The book has a great introduction, theory, and actual art presentations and sequence. I found myself underlining, making notations, and jotting down ideas of ways to inspire teachers to allow for art to happen in a Montessori setting. Several times throughout my reading I noted that the child should have a beautiful, peaceful, well lit area to create. This should be a place fully prepared by the teacher, but then the child is allowed to be independent in choosing the activity, creating, and the clean up process.
Give them a warm inviting area, without adult involvement and they will create.
Just before bedtime this evening I was caught off guard by my 5 1/2 year old. "Mama, I need to have some glue in my room." Me, "ughhhh no!" (without even taking a second to think). Humphrey, "Mama, I really need some glue in my room!!!" Me, "You have a nice art area downstairs where you may have glue, why do you think you need it in your room?" Humphrey, "Mama, I need to create" (said in a dreamy voice).
Let Out the Sunshine, you have created an inner dilema for me. Thanks a lot!
Sunday, February 3, 2013
After dinner tonight, Papa and Humphrey (5 1/2) worked on story problems...she got out of reading a book to him, but he won out on hearing her read :)
Ryan needs a hole 6 feet deep.
He has already dug 4 feet.
How much further does Ryan have to dig?
Matthew has 4 oranges.
Katelyn has 5 oranges.
Kristen has 2 oranges.
Ryan has 1 orange.
How many oranges does the whole family have?
Magoo and Papa and Mama each have 2 mittens.
How many mittens do they have all together?
I have 10 fingers.
Some of my fingers have owies on them.
4 of my fingers do not have owies.
How many of my fingers do have owies?
Anna has to practice her violin.
She has to spend 3 minutes on each of her songs.
She has 3 songs to practice.
How many minutes will Anna have to practice her violin?
Magooneeds to shampoo her hair for 2 minutes.
Then she dumps water on her head for 2 minutes.
Then Humphrey begins to shampoo her hair for 3 minutes.
Then Humphrey dumps water on her head for 1 minute.
How long does it take for the 2 girls to get their hair washed?
Wendy had 12 inches of snow on her driveway.
She used a shovel to remove 8 of the inches.
How many inches of snow are left on Wendy’s driveway?
Humphrey is helping Papa work on the shop.
Papa needs a board 6 inches long.
Humphrey found a board 8 inches long.
How many inches does Humphrey need to cut off that board to get the size Papa needs?
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