Exploring the paint brush

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Have you ever tried painting with a todder? Now that summer time is upon us, my preschool is on break and I have had extra time to spend with my 14 month old grandson…

I set out some large sheets of paper and a rolling paint brush and then squeezed some paint out on the paper.  I thought my grandson would love the fact that the paint brush rolled. He tends to love anything that rolls.  But instead, he watched me roll the paint across the paper just a bit then proceeded to set the roller down and crawl over to see what else I had in my basket of goodies…

I hadn’t intended to bring out an entire basket of paintbrushes but since they were sitting near by, my grandson decided that what was in the basket had to be more interesting than rolling that brush on the paper…

I continued to drip small amounts of paint on the paper and invite my grandson to paint but still, he really only wanted to explore all the paint brushes…

Instead of taking the paint brushes away, I just let my grandson explore all the paint brushes while he sat on the paper…

Occasionally, my grandson would reach out and give the paint on the paper a little push with his finger or drag the brush through the paint (without intention)…

But mostly, my grandson enjoyed exploring the paint brushes…

I was right that my grandson would enjoy a paint brush that rolled. I just hadn’t considered that he would rather roll or push all the paint brushes around the paper instead…

I am not so sure my grandson really even noticed the paint at this point…

But he sure did notice all those paintbrushes!

After all, an artist does need to know his tools before he is ready to create…

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Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

Every time I think I know everything I need to know about teaching young children, God says, "Hold on a minute!" and gives me a new challenge.

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With each new challenge that you overcome, you will find yourself better equipped and more passionate about teaching young children.

God didn't call wimps to lead, teach, or care for His children. Nope, he has high expectations, so get ready. You will have to give your very best but after teaching for over 30 years, I can tell you that it is a wonderful and rewarding journey.

Whenever your calling feels hard, just remember, 'He who began a good work in you (and in the children you serve) will be faithful to complete it.'

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