Glitter. I don't use it. I don't offer it. Ever.
Now, I have nothing but friendly feelings for those in the pro-glitter arena. If you want to sprinkle that stuff all over your room, that's okay with me, as long as I'm not using the room after you!
|Can you see it? Someone used glitter in the room on another day.|
When I was back in it, chairs were dusted with the sparkly stuff.
I love to make a mess...but not with glitter. I love for kids to be inventive and creative...but we use lots of other things instead of glitter. Just my preference. I'm sure you have yours, too.
But, just to show you that I'm not opposed to a little glitziness, take a look at what we did a couple of weeks ago.
Yep. That's glitter paint at the easel. I don't mind glitter as long as it's already encapsulated in paint or glue. I don't look at that as glitter - it's a type of paint or glue medium. So my kids do get some glitzy experiences. Just not free-range glitter.
I need to let my kids have the same freedom. Some don't want to draw or paint. Some don't want to touch the shaving cream. (I once had a 2-year-old that refused to get his hands dirty.) If I'm going to be a teacher that allows kids to explore their own ideas, I need to be accepting of their self-imposed limits.
Some don't like to talk in front of the group. Some prefer to play alone or with just one or two friends. Some think things get too loud.
I need to plan activities that allow kids to be successful doing what they enjoy...and not doing what they choose not to do. (But, sorry, no glitter. How about a nice scoop of sand instead?)