Friday, November 21, 2008

cranberry garland . . . or so i thought

I had a plan to get my eldest daughter to string cranberries on thread, so that we could hang the garland from one of our live oaks as a little treat for the doves and scrub jays . . . But of course she rapidly tired of this idea, and decided instead to transfer the berries between teacups, and feed them to ladybugs, and cut them in half with scissors. What do you do when your activities go so far awry of your intentions? Do you just flow with that childlike energy, or do you keep calling the child back to task? At my daughter's school the emphasis is always on the specific and successful accurate completion of lessons, or "work." I am so conflicted on this. What do you guys think???

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