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::: it’s all in the interpretation!

While we’re all for giving instructions to children when an intentional teaching moment is planned, we still love the way children take that information and interpret it in their own way.

This week the children have been looking at how we are all different. This came about because a lovely boy has just joined the prekinder group. He arrived in Australia recently from Italy and his English is still very limited.

Their teacher has been teaching the children to count and sing in Italian in order to make him feel welcome and an inclusive member of their little community. An added bonus is the children are thriving on learning a new language.

In order to really explore their differences the children were provided with some mirrors, paper, paint and cotton buds and invited them to look at themselves in the mirror to explore their features such as how many eyebrows they have, eye colour, nose, lips, teeth, hair, ears etc.  Their teacher then said to the children, “Once you’ve had a good look at yourself in the mirror, you might like to use the paint and cotton buds to paint your face.”

Their pictures were SO precious!

We love how this child not only chose a paint colour to match his skin tone …

he also made sure to include his ‘bed hair’ spikes in his painting as well.

Our very favourite feel good moment came when this poppet studied her face in the mirror, thought long and hard about what she saw and the colours she wanted to use and …

proceeded to ‘paint her face’!

Her teacher was just about to dive in and throw a piece of paper down in front of her when Donna ‘cut her off at the pass’ reminding her of the way she had worded her instructions to the children …

“Once you’ve had a good look at yourself in the mirror, you might like to use the paint and cotton buds to paint your face.” And THAT is exactly what she did!

Maybe next week we might do away with the paper altogether and get out the real facepaints and just let the children go-to-town!



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6 Responses to “it’s all in the interpretation!”

  1. Bianca says:

    I love this post. Donna is so right…sometimes we really do need to stop ourselves in our tracks, watch and respect our children’s interpretations of their art. I have just started embroidering children’s portraits and it is so wonderful when a parent comes to me with their image and respects a child’s attempts for what they are, rather than what they believe they should be.

    If you are interested in taking a peek I’d love you to pop on over to my Etsy Shop 🙂

    ::: Ooohahh Bianca … What a talented lady you are! 🙂 🙂

  2. Love this! Art and children just go together in such glorious ways!

    ::: We like the way you think Waffle-Wednesday. 🙂 🙂

  3. Nicky says:

    This is such a wonderful experience for children. At the beginning of the year we explored a very similar experience. We have a large mirror in our room and the children were encouraged to look in the mirror and paint what they coud see on the mirror and press the paper on to print their image… this also lead to chidren painting their own faces which was very interesting and so much fun.

    ::: It’s so lovely when these things just happen isn’t it Nicky! 🙂 🙂

  4. Renée Welsh says:

    I love to browse through your posts, it warms my heart to read about the thought that goes into the activities set up at kinder, and how engaged you are with the process of their learning which to many would go unrecognised. More thrilling is when I see a flash of my daughters head or her name on some artwork and I realise that she has benefited from some of your magic firsthand – are either of you spending any time at SJ’s this year?

    ::: We are no longer teaching at St. John’s Renée but we have done some relief work there over the last couple of years … so you never know! 🙂 🙂

  5. Lina says:

    What an absolutely fabulous post! A true glimpse into the minds of little artists. The bed head observation and execution is just priceless and that little girl painting her face (literally following instructions).. that would have been me!

    Good for you for not intervening. Just found your site through a mention from ‘An Everyday Story’ and I’m loving it!!

    ::: Welcome on board Lina … We LOVE Kate’s blog too AND we love how the little girl painted her face as well … PRICELESS! 🙂 🙂

  6. Vivian McDermott says:

    This year for our exhibition the children are exhibiting works about their family and reflecting on themselves,as a part of that, and what a family means to them
    It could be extended to what other families look like in other countries or whatever the direction the children want to take family names from other countries like Frere for brother (French) etc.
    How mothers carry their babies,close to them ( Africa) and discussions about growing up (different heights,weights,hairstyles and ways of living in families all over the world,including dress styles and celebrations..Starting with the drawing of themself after looking for some-time at a reflection of their face in the mirror ,is a good starting point. Thank you for the idea.