When MESSY Is A good THING

Things to Think About

WHEN YOUR CHILD COMES HOME MESSY

You’ve just picked up your child from his early learning center and what do you see?

Paint in the hair? Marker on the pants?
Sand in the shoes?  Peanut butter on a favorite shirt?
White socks that look brown? Sleeves a bit damp?

You don’t even ask what happened because this happens all the time…..BUT what does it really mean…………………………………………………………………………………………

IT MEANS THAT

YOUR CHILD PROBABLY….

worked with a friend
solved a problem
created a masterpiece painting
learned a new skill
had a great time
developed new language skills

YOUR CHILD PROBABLY DIDN’T….

feel lonely
become bored
do a repetitive task that is not developmentally appropriate
do worksheets that are too easy
do sit down work that is discouraging

YOU PROBABLY….

bought those nice clothes for your child
will have trouble getting the stains out
are concerned the caregiver isn’t paying enough attention to your child

YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER PROBABLY….

was aware of your child’s special needs and interests
spent time planning a challenging activity for the children
encouraged the children to try new things
tried to clean up your child but to no avail

Young children really learn when they are actively involved in play…not when someone is talking to them. There is a difference between “messy” and “lack of care.” If your child was fed, warm, offered new skills and enjoyed those messy fun things ——- that’s how your children learn!

Send your child in clothes that can get dirty! Keep extra clothes at the site for the times when the child gets really messy. But remember, your children need time to be kids.