Originally Posted by Momma Aimee
you are an amazing momma
1. my children do not know glitter exisits at all much less that they might be able to touch it. And they won't. there is still glitter in my folks house from when i was little -- not happneing here.
2. we do not independant creating like "creating dips" I think i would stroke out. GThey do art and cook -- but with my egal eye on them and NO expereimenting. LOL
3. I do not walk away from art at all -- ever -- LOL
Gee I was all proud of letting them paint twice this week. LOL
tomorrow i am going to tape a big peice of paper to the basement (not yet finished) floor and let them hand paint on it ..... then when it is dry we will use it to cover out glass storm door -- I am pretty proud of myself -- being ok with messy is new for me.
LOL! My mother likes to torment me and buy dd glitter and glitter glue and all kinds of messy things that I would prefer to live without. I guess it's payback time, LOL.
I got lucky with dd in that she's actually VERY careful and hates making messes. She isn't the kind of kid who would intentionally throw or shake glitter or flour everywhere. We cook a lot together and she's used to how ingredients are treated I guess, plus it's just her personality--not really laidback so much as just "careful." She has a friend who is the same age who I would not let near flour to save my life. He just has a very different temperment.
As for chapter books without pictures, if I were you, I'd just wait a few months on that. My dd is VERY big into reading--like will sit still for 2 hours and be read to kind of reading--and she still isn't ready for non-pictured books, I think. The closest we're doing to a chapter book is Winnie the Pooh, which she loves, but our edition has colored pictures. I can tell she gets more restless on the non-picture pages. By age 5, I'm going to try out a chapter book without pictures and see how we do, but I doubt before.
My dd is also very resistant to too much themed activities. I've finally just let her take the lead. If she wants to have bread and honey for a snack and read a Pooh chapter, fine, if not, fine. I think curricula just suggest doing this as a way for kids to have extra sensory ways to experience a story. However, sometimes you can just let it go, or maybe just suggest acting out the story or do something relating to the story that seems less planned. I dunno. My dd can smell "pre-planned activity" from a mile away and she hates them.
And yes, glitter is evil. Totally.