#6 process wins over product every time
The difference between adults and kids is that while our goal is a neat, tidy and pretty finished piece; their goal is to experience the activity to its fullest. So bite your tongue when the perfect painting of a red and blue flower is suddenly covered with a dark brown blob. If you can find it in yourself to let go of your idea of a finished masterpiece, you might just discover a great time to add a little child directed lesson on color mixing.
I knew it wouldn’t take long for me to snap a perfect example for this one. Little M likes to paint every inch of every piece of paper she uses, front and back. Today we were stamping the letter C, and she had the most beautiful circles surrounding her C.
Not even 3 minutes went by after I took that picture and she had turned it into this:
I knew it would happen, it does every time, and yet I still had to pause for a brief moment. Should I stop her so this letter C can hang neatly next to the bubbled B and the dot dog D? What would be so wrong with telling her it’s time to stop? When she finished, held up her paper and smiled proudly. . . I knew the answer. She met the letter C the best way she could; smothering, feeling, and experiencing it completely.
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