Priory View Pre-School
The weeks are rolling by and its nearly Christmas! It’s also the time of year when as Early Years Educators we start to plan our cards, gifts and Christmas keepsakes.
Traditionally ourselves and other nurseries would work for weeks creating beautifully handcrafted cards. All identical in style and design. Children would sit and follow instructions and every child would leave the setting with an identical card or gift!
However, we have been carefully and mindfully reflecting upon how much are the children just following instructions and how much of their own personal ideas, thinking and individuality are being used when creating your Christmas card or present? Please be reassured that children will still have the opportunity to create a Christmas masterpiece. We are not stopping making things for children to take home. A wonderful keep sake just for you to cherish and save as they grow older. However, this year we are looking to ensure they are utterly unique and personal to every single child.
Imagine your child bringing home a card or gift that looks completely different than any other card created within the class. A card that’s made with loving care and attention to detail. Especially for you! It may have smudge marks, finger prints or just a few random stuck items stuck here or there. However it looks, you’ll know it’s created following their own ideas and thinking, created with love and Christmas wishes.
We cannot wait to share with you the children’s individual Christmas creations.
Our aim is to show that we love and respect them enough to allow them to create a card, picture or calendar special enough to give to you their loved one. That is unique to them, created with love and freedom of expression, instead of a directing hand, pointing where to position and stick!
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso
As parents, we would much prefer a piece of artwork lovingly and painstaking created by our child, rather than a replica, copy or imitation of something the educator has decided everyone mustcreate.
“Art is not the same for a child as it is for an adult. For a child, art is primarily a means of expression. “No two children are alike, and in fact, each child differs even from his earlier self as he constantly grows, perceives, understands, and interprets his environment. “A child is a dynamic being; art becomes for him a language of thought.” - Lowenfield and Brittain, 1987
A freedom of expression! A sense of curiosity, to make sense of the world through emotion and creativity. It is unique to the artist and cannot be replicated.
We are super excited to provide the children with the resources, support and encouragement to get creative and to make you a card or gift that truly represents them
We hope that this letter and update will help you understand our thinking, especially if your child decides to only glue 2 pieces on your Christmas card instead of coming home that pristine adult directed one.
However, they create it, the important thing is that they created it just for you and it was made with love.
Thank you for reading and your kind consideration of the changes we are making at this festive time