This is a masterpiece that was done for me by my five-year-old granddaughter. (I am not biased at all – it is a masterpiece worthy of a museum!)
What I love about this, besides the fact that it was done by her, is that it is not perfect. Somewhere along the way we lost the learning process in our strive for perfection. And as educators we got that message out loud and clear that we were striving for perfect “A+” work.
But when you are pushing perfection, you are looking at the end product, not the journey that got you there. And if the educational journey has to be perfect, you eliminate risk taking and you eliminate authenticity.
Our greatest learning experiences come from the process, not the final product. My granddaughter is learning how to write and spell. Her work isn’t perfect. But she is sounding out words and writing down what she hears. She loves to do this. She has been praised for her attempts, so she keeps at it, and keeps learning. Sometimes she asks for help, sometimes she doesn’t. Sometimes she is given a gentle nudge if she is stuck.
And if you can’t read “kindergarten,” this masterpiece, which hangs proudly on my refrigerator (not in a museum, but after posting it I expect to hear from the National Art Gallery) says, “This picture is for Gramma.”