Friday, September 2, 2016

A Natural Start: Form Drawing

It might seem as if this is just a page of circles, but as Ms.C stood concentrating on each line, I stood in amazement; this is the natural beginning of form drawing taught in Waldorf Education and I've watched this unfold naturally before.

When she was finished, she presented me with her writing, as she is very convinced and not incorrect that this is, her first signs of printing.
I didn't suggest she sit and draw circles.
It isn't on my agenda that she felt compelled to begin 'printing'.
Yet she is drawn to drawing these forms at precisely the same age and stage as her sister began two years ago.

She wrote from right to left, line after line and even changed colours (which she also pointed out to me as a purposeful action on her part.)
Instructions not included.

Imitation, freedom to learn, innate abilities, whatever you want to call it, it's learning outside of an institution and it's occurring on a daily basis.
My kids are proving it happens.

That same afternoon, Ms.O was concocting a plan to build a railroad in our backyard. We had been to the tracks a few times this week and she had many questions. We watched as bells rang, gates lowered and these magnificent machines chugged by. She studied them until they were lost in the distance.
She jotted down sketches of tracks before we headed home again.

To build, she decided glasses and gloves were needed.
The former to shade her eyes (ironically they have no lenses!)
The latter to protect her hands from splinters.
She used the wagon to transport her supplies and went to work engineering 'ties', estimating number of pieces needed, calculating distance between in order for her tires to fit accurately.

Childs play is intentional work; imitation, creativity, motor skills, math, science, engineering...interest-led learning. 
When I take time out from my agenda, or my agenda's for them, they make me part of their learning process.

Building blocks to avoid gender stereotypes. I cannot help but mention this book, recommended by friends; Parenting Beyond Pink and Blue.
I'm enthralled with this piece of work and research Brown has conducted to dispel the myriad of myths surrounding gender and how it effects the way we raise our sons and daughters. 
Offering your children non-gender specific toys (namely building blocks, lego etc.) tops her suggestions for starting to trash stereotypes within your home.
Avoid limiting your childs learning scope due to their gender.

Dr. Browns articles can be found on her Psychology Today blog 
(column right "Love Play Learn-Beyond Pink and Blue"

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