At the end of every school day, I often glance around our small homeschool room and think to myself, “What a mess!” Often there are books strewn across the room, papers everywhere, and paint covering the craft table. So, then begins the daily drudge of cleaning the mess up, just so we can make a new mess tomorrow. With that being said, I have to admit that the days when the mess is at its worse are often some of our best days. Those are the days that everyone seems to have the most fun, and be the most productive.
This is especially true for my preschooler, who happens to be the messiest of all of us. This is extra-especially true when we do our Mother Goose Time Art projects. When we paint, my son loves nothing more than to cover himself from head to toe with the paint. Initially, things start off well, he uses his paintbrush appropriately and paints whatever it is he’s supposed to be working on for the day, but then things almost always head south quickly. His favorite thing to do is to cover his hands with paint and squish it around with his adorable, pudgy, little fingers. Meanwhile, I sit close by watching this whole scene play out, cringing on the inside, hoping that no paint ends up on the floor or walls today. I know that his mess making is an important part of his learning process, and I try not to crush his spirit by admonishing him too much.
Although I’m not an expert on the inner workings of the preschooler’s brain, after four kids I know that messes are to be expected. In fact, after a small amount of research I have found that mess making is actually an integral part of the learning process. If we as parents constantly keep our little ones from making messes we are actually doing them more harm than good.
When our project is done, we always talk about cleaning our mess up, and how important it is to help. At this point, I do a lot more of the clean up than he does, but I know that he will help more and more as he gets older. I take a deep breath and remind myself that he won’t be three forever, and one day (probably sooner than I think) I will miss those paint covered hands. I am so happy to be able to spend my days making messes and memories with him.
November has been a very busy month, and we’ve had a great time with Mother Goose Time’s Transportation Station unit. Next week we will move onto our December Sights and Sounds unit. Let me know below if you have any questions or comments, let me know below. See you soon for more messes and more Chaos on the Creek.
Disclaimer: I am so grateful to have found this curriculum and am excited to share our experiences on the blog. In exchange for my unbiased and honest reviews, Mother Goose Time has provided us with the curriculum free of charge.