So, Day 14 for the community helper’s theme was Hairdresser. I have loved this theme from the beginning. It has introduced so many different career choices to the children. They have learned that many of the services we take for granted in our society, are important jobs within our communities. It allowed for discussions on if our parents could or could not actually do the services.
I really enjoyed expanding the conversations about things that are needed to help our society flow and our community grow. I did find that the invitation to create for the Hairdresser daily theme a bit cumbersome. I do believe it mostly was the sculpture. I found that the children were confused about how this related to the hairdresser theme. They were also annoyed about not being able to figure out how to curl the paper. It made them frustrated. The focus on the project was not there. This was a first for me when it came to the invitations. Usually they will sit and continue and hold conversations about their art. This time there was no gentle hum around the room as they discussed their projects. They were not super excited to point of screaming and asking about using colors or other things for their project. It made me sad.
While I do understand that it is good to challenge the children, I feel that the curly sculpture did not strike that happy medium of engaging and challenging. I think for this project something that involved the children cutting and pretending to style would have connected the project to the daily theme better. For example; I felt a paper doll with various hair styles they were allowed to cut would have been something that they would have enjoyed. The curling of the paper would have been something to help develop fine motor skills and perhaps used for the hair on the paper doll.
Introducing abstract subjects or ideas is a great. I love that Mother Goose Time is doing this more often with younger children. I always felt like schools went too far left with the idea that children could not have abstract ideas introduced to them. So the fact that Mother Goose Time is allowing this within the curriculum proves to me that they understand how important it is for children to use their own ideas and form their own thoughts. That being said sometimes you can go too abstract for children and lose their interest. This was the case for the Invitation to create for the Hairdresser theme.
All in all we still ended up having fun and no one attempted to cut their hair themselves while I was in the bathroom. So I call this a win win!