You know those days where you have a clear idea of where you want the learning to go or what you want the children to achieve? I admit that most of the time it pretty much goes as I plan it to but in case you think it’s all sunshine, lollipops and rainbows in my class, I can assure you it’s not. Kids being kids will sometimes take the activity somewhere unplanned; generally somewhere noisy, messy and occasionally downright ugly. Yes, we have classroom management issues and yes, our room sometimes looks like a bomb’s hit it and yes, sometimes the adults get a little too cranky. But that’s because we’re all human.
We had paint and the rings left over from our Olympic rings activity and it seemed a waste to throw the paint out. I had a plan in my head of what I envisioned the outcome of the activity to look like. I know you can already see where this is going. I added some smaller rings to make the activity a little different and a few children and I worked together on the piece above. And that was pretty much what I was expecting. Some more children came over and asked if they could have a turn and I said, “Of course.” Just then a child asked me if I could come and fix the computer. So I wandered off to help them and when I finally came back this is what greeted me.
I was actually happy to note that it was pretty much contained to the table. (Yes, I admit it…sometimes it’s been on the walls, in hair, all over the sink and half the bathroom floor!) At first glance I thought, “Gee! What a mess!” I was trying pretty hard to not reflect this though. On closer inspection it actually started growing on me. You could just see glimpses of colour poking out from behind the black/preschool grey and it reminded me of those dark, black, rainy days and a rainbow trying to burst through the darkness. Or of those days when you feel so down that you need a bit of colour to cheer you up. So you know what we did…we hung them up. Because, you know, they are works of art in their own right.