31 January, 2011

Snowy Walk in the Forest

We have a rule in this house, totally self-inflicted, that our kids are only allowed one class/activity at a time. It stems, primarily, from our own inherent laziness. It does, however, also make sense that little kids don't need a million activities to grow and learn. We got the play thing down, school is a great for social interaction, and all their good and bad lessons are rooted in time with family and friends.

Now that I've said that, I'm going to contradict myself. The Monster is in skiing lessons right now (which she adores - her word) and an art class. She had the choice of dance, gymnastics, singing, karate, or anything else. She asked for art. That's my girl!

Because I am notoriously late at registering her for things and am often left with little choice I wasn't optimistic when faced with our art class choices. Luck/karma was on my side though. She got into everyone's first choice - Anatomy. Have a mentioned her obsession with human anatomy before? She spends a lot of time with the med school anatomy text book my brother loaned her.

Needless to say, I was quite keen to see what came out of her when she started her class. Last week was all about skeletons and they got to play with actual molding clay. This picture is from her first class. I'm not sure what the goal was, but she tells us it is a picture of her walking through a snowy forest. Uh, okay, if you say so.

I'm not sharing this here to brag about my gifted child (you should see her sad excuse for a t-rex skeleton), rather, to share this awesome design. It reminds me of the one I did here, but just enough different. There is definitely a quilt in this...

5 comments:

Lee said...

At the preschool where I worked our motto was "process not product"

Andrea said...

Could have totally written the first part of the post, myself! Everything I believe in. ;-) Your child is totally gifted, and I love everything about that painting, especially the colour combination.

Live a Colorful Life said...

This post was really fun to read. I'm doing the series on Sewing with Kids (whipstitch) which is geared for 3 to 8-year-olds. The first lesson was to dye and string pasta necklaces (color, design, etc.) My 4 1/2-year-old granddaughter immediately went with a pattern of three repeating colors (yay for figuring out "pattern" right away). My 3-year-old grandson laid his string flat on the table and "drove" his rigatoni onto the string with a (beep, beep, beep sound) because naturally it was a truck. No matter. He is still doing his own little art project and still playing with color and design. And that's the point, right?

P.S. sorry to be so long-winded here.

brown robin said...

Of course, she's gifted! I love the "stick to one organized activity principle" myself. It evens the whole household out. Things can get too crazy, too easily with lots of commitments and then no one is happy. Brown and white... two of my favorite color combos, and terrific texture.

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