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Robin: Wish.Play.Create – Week 2 (went a bit differently)

So I was totally psyched about week 2 of the e-course of Wish Play Create. The instructor is Tracey Clark of Shutter Sisters so I “knew” this was gonna be a fun week.
EXCEPT…
Josey has ZERO INTEREST in playing with a camera. For three days I would ask her in this excited voice, “are you ready to take some pictures of your favorite things?” and I would receive responses ranging from “um no thanks…” to a whining yet emphatic “I DON’T WANT TO!” The good news is we were giving some prompting questions to help with shaping the assignment. Things like:
“My favorite things” — pink and going somewhere
“I really like to” — do
“I am really good at” — going somewhere
“I feel happy when” — it’s good
So here’s the compromise:
She let me take a pic of her in one of her pink outfits (kind of…)
I caught her working in her journal….
Such is the life of motherhood and creativity:
CONTINUOUS IMPROVISATION
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  1. great! sometimes you have to drive a different route around the traffic cones, you know?

    September 16, 2010
  2. You just can’t force anything on kids, especially at that age. They need to find their own way.

    September 16, 2010
  3. At least you got pictures made. We’re a bunch of creativity drop outs around here. I’ve given up. Sam doesn’t care. So I’m just going to leave him alone with his trains.

    September 16, 2010
  4. ah brittney! week 3 feels like we might be at the “throw in the towel” phase! I certainly don’t want CREATIVITY to be a place of DREAD, you know?

    September 16, 2010
  5. It was the combination of a 4 year old using my digital camera+ using plaster of paris that did me in. I think there needed to be some sort of parental advisory on this play group–like “Unsuitable for small boys masquerading as marauding pirates” LOL.

    September 16, 2010
  6. Brittany HILARIOUS!!!! AND YES, I am needing to come up with a plaster of paris alternative for week 3-NO WAY that will work in my house!

    September 16, 2010
  7. We’re waaaay behind. My son was only in school for two days before he had to stay home for two days — sick. We haven’t moved passed the questionnaire stage of last week’s project. Almost ALL of my son’s answers to the questions about what he likes, what he loves, what he’s good at — they were all ACTIONS. It’s all about doing stuff. He couldn’t grasp onto the idea of “favorite things” as in things you can hold or touch or put in a bag. In trying to help, I only ended up confusing him: I said well think about this, imagine you were going to spend a lot of time on a desert island — which of your things would you want to pack to take along? And that threw him into practical thinking — he responded that he’d take his binoculars, a shovel for digging, etc….

    I think it’s terrific that his favorite things are all verbs — but makes for a challenging photo shoot. He’s back in school today, so maybe we’ll finish up the project just in time to be TWO weeks behind, lol…..

    September 17, 2010
  8. Miranda, I am realizing that the creativity in our home must definitely happen organically. Having a time set for it has made it STRESSFUL ;)

    September 17, 2010
  9. fun to hear how you guys are all progressing in the class. i wanted to take it but i knew i wouldn’t have the time to dedicate to it. brittany, i love this: “Unsuitable for small boys masquerading as marauding pirates”. and robin, you said it perfectly when you said CONTINUOUS IMPROVISATION!

    September 17, 2010

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