I know that according to Waldorf early childhood principles, I should not use too many words or abstract concepts with my children. But sometimes, I just can’t help myself….
SillyBilly loves to tell his sister what to do and how to do it. This often occurs when they are at the table “arting.” They sit facing each other, sharing a large bin of paper, crayons, construction paper, etc.
SillyBilly is always telling Napoleona, “that’s not how you draw X” or “that doesn’t look like a Y.”
This makes me crazy.
So, the other day I got fed up. I went to the shelf and pulled out Gombrich’s The Story of Art, and called the boy over.
I showed him pictures of the Annunciation throughout the ages (chosen simply because they are ubiquitous). I asked him, do any of them look the same? He said no. I pointed out that none of them are “wrong.”
I hope that I didn’t go overboard, but it just seemed so important to me that he understand this. I hope that he sees that there isn’t just one way to do things, and that there are ways to do things that don’t necessarily depict what’s “real” but are still valid. And I hope that pointing out “reality” doesn’t crush his imagination in some way.