Playcentre is about letting the child lead and you following and providing the tools for learning.
Playcentre is awesome. I wish I had found it 19 years ago.
Here's Annie painting. She kept taking the brushes out of the pots and putting them on the table,
after I put them back twice I realised she wanted to make little strokes with a fine brush
so I threw the thick chunky brushes across in the art sink and found her some more.
"I'm painting a rainbow" she said.
Someone had put out red, yellow and purple.
I wanted her to know there was other colours but I didn't just want to tell her
so I went and found a book about rainbows in the bookcase and read it to her.
We talked about the colours and she told me what she wanted.
I bit my tongue and didn't say what shape I thought a rainbow should be.
I realised it doesn't matter. She was painting what she wanted.
And she did, ever so carefully.
The magic doesn't happen every morning but when it does,
it's fantastic. This book is awesome by the way if you have an anxious child,
it's a lovely addition to a book shelf.
This picture could be my most favourite ever.
I'll use these pictures to write up a story and stick in her profile book.
Precious precious mornings,
I love them.