It’s The Messy Things.

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I am reposting this after I removed it a couple of weeks ago. I thought it was the cause of a lot of spam comments but it seems I am just being spammed full stop. I will just have to keep deleting the spam comments – many of them trying to spread viruses or very unsavoury sites.

It’s the messy things.

When I think back to when my children were young, eldest is 32, I wonder how did I prepare them for school and literacy? It was the messy things. It is the messy things that give children the cognitive and physical things they need to perform well at school.

 

My children had blocks and toys, dress ups, old bits and pieces everywhere and they were busy all day, a basket in each area was quickly filled at the end of the day to tidy up. There was a backyard with a sandpit to play in and water tub to play in when the weather was fine. More mess inside from the sand on shoes. I had lots of paper, pencils, crayons, paint and scissors for them to play with. What a mess! But I knew they were happy and that they were learning.

 

We went to playgroup where they got to play with other children and do more art and craft activities. Our house had glitter everywhere for years that came off their art projects, more mess! We met other parents at the park for play and parent get togethers, we brought our own coffee and food as no one thought of making a child sit still in a cafe back then and who could afford it anyway.  The children ran around, got tired out and the parents got to share stories and support each other. Messy clothes were thrown in the wash when we got home.

 

None of our houses looked like magazine pictures but our children went to kindy able to hold a pencil or a paintbrush, use scissors, could talk fluently and follow a teacher’s instructions, take themselves to the toilet, many could tie their shoes and share toys with the other children.  These children used what they learnt while making a mess to excel at school because play is where the child has an opportunity to develop the appropriate pathways in the brain. These pathways lay the foundation for future learning.

 

If you would like your child to do well at school and beyond then encourage them to explore, be physical, create and make a mess. A mess can be cleaned up but undeveloped brains can lead to unhappy children growing into unhappy adults.

 

Using modern technology builds very few basic skills and remember those that created the computer technology had never even seen one before. It was their no technology experiences that gave them the brain power to create this exciting technology.

Have fun. Remember children wash easily but brains do not develop correctly without good experiences.

Comments

    Elliott

    Greetings! Very useful advice in this particular post!

    It’s the little changes which will make the greatest changes.

    Thanks a lot for sharing!

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    Rocco

    Hello colleagues, its wonderful post on the topic of teachingand
    entirely defined, keep it up all the time.

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    Torri

    I was wondering if you ever thought of changing the layout of your blog?
    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.
    But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better.
    Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or two images.
    Maybe you could space it out better?

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      Lynne Wajon

      Thank you for your comment. I find it difficult to get good images while maintaining my clients privacy. My first priority is helping my students overcome their literacy problems so my blogging doesn’t get the attention that it requires.

      Reply
    Carley

    Howdy! This article could not be written much better! Looking through this article reminds me of
    my previous roommate! He constantly kept talking about this.
    I’ll forward this article to him. Fairly certain he will have
    a very good read. Thank you for sharing!

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    Lino

    Do you have any video of that? I’d like to find out some additional information.

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      Lynne Wajon

      No sorry no video. We tutor children in literacy and those that have had the opportunity for messy play and outdoor play seem to have a lot more general understanding about how the world works and are more curious. Curiosity makes for active learners. If you are really interested perhaps someone like Maggie Dent will have video on outdoor and messy play on her website and Facebook page.

      Reply

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