Claudia MacPhee on wed 8 jun 11
I have quite a few little ones coming to my after school clay group. The=
youngest is 12 months.....accompanied by either a mother or the nanny. Lot=
s of 3 year olds. Our local day care brings in the kids too.
I have spoken with the psychologist/counselor that comes in about the very =
little ones using clay. She says that these kids are basically non-verbal i=
n expressing their feelings and using clay is how they communicate.
We just don't know what they are saying. Using the small muscles to manipul=
ate clay forms neuron connections in the brain, making learning easier. I=
n other words, kids know what to do with the stuff!!
I give them a glob of clay, a few tools and let them go at it. Because they=
learn visually I will make an animal, something goofy to make them laugh, =
roll some coils, make balls etc. Then stand back and watch the fun.
Everyone has the right to see the world in their own way.....something lots=
of people forget when they are teaching kids. Show them possibilities, the=
n let them do the rest.
Just my opinion,
Claudia MacPhee Tagish, Yukon