From the archives…
Having come from a cognitive development/early childhood education
background, I have often found my “preschool side” at odds with my
“Waldorf side.” The preschool teacher in me felt that my son needed
access to art materials at all times, whenever he wanted them. Paper,
crayons, markers, glue, scissors, play dough- he had it all. He also
slowly lost it all. The markers went when he colored his baby sister,
and the glue disappeared when I caught him eating it. The scissors
were being incorporated into barbershop play, and one day I entered
the playroom to discover everything he could find stuck into a large
pile of glue. When his new paint tray holder arrived (just beautiful,
and very reasonably priced, from naturetables.com) he “christened” the
unfinished white pine by scribbling the jar holders with beeswax
crayons. Thank goodness for Goo Gone! So… the crayons went on
vacation, as did the paper. Now, I am beginning to realize something.
This was just way too much for my just-turned-three-year-old. Read more...