I will wager that you have piles of your child's artwork, right? Items that you just can't bear to throw away, but how to display it? I have a solution! Check out this frame from IKEA- It can hang on the wall, but it can also be an easel!
This little gem is easy enough for children to manipulate themselves as well. When all that artwork comes home, I encourage you to sit down with your child and create a few "piles"- "To Display", "To give away" and "To recycle". You can also get in the habit of re-using those papers for lists, or for wrapping paper, or notecards-- so many ways to repurpose your child's artwork.
I love this frame because it is also fairly inexpensive- $4.99 at our local IKEA. Have a few of these in your home and empower your child to hang their artwork independently!
When a young child creates artwork, it is much more about the process and less about the product, but I believe that we still give that artwork meaning by the way that we respond when they show us something that they made. Do we say "I LOVE that!" or "Those are just scribbles"
I challenge you to think about responding to your child's artwork in another way- "I see that you used red" or "Tell me more about this" or "I was watching you while you were drawing. You had a smile on your face".
Let's get away from gushing praise and move towards being authentic with our children. I don't want my son to expect me to go bananas over every.single.thing.he.does! I want him to have an internal sense of satisfaction about his work and be in touch with how he feels when he is creating.
As we move towards shorter days/more inside time- think of ways that you can empower your child. I would love to work with your family to help you achieve your goals.
Beth is a mom first and foremost. She is also a trained Montessori teacher who is passionate about making the lofty ideals of the Montessori philosophy more real and manageable for families.