Sunday, October 31, 2010
I love that my kids have an interest in artwork. As a self taught artist, I know it's important to enjoy the process. I try to teach this idea to my children. However, Aren tends to be super inpatient about many things. He frustrates easily when things are very challenging. The message I send is do your best. That everything newly learned takes practice. It is a mantra in my home "practice makes better". I don't like saying perfect because, perfection is added pressure. I want my children to enjoy learning and the process of discovery.
Aren recently learned about the Kingfisher bird. I think he heard my daughter mention it's her favorite bird. Aren looks up to his big sister and in many ways, she is a good role model for him. Jade, my daughter always carries a book or two wherever she goes and so does Aren. It's a very endearing thing.
My kids see me when I create art. I look for images or photograph my own as reference material. Aren asked me to find a Kingfisher on the Internet so he can create another drawing. He wanted to make another piece by observation and I fully encourage it. I did a quick search and found this image:
The following is Aren's impression of the above photo:
Children with special educational needs often require different tools to learning from kids who are neuro-normal. The perspective of the child on the spectrum is often unlike the child who doesn't have the disorder. To this day, my son continues to play with his toys in a repetitive manner, IE lining up his trucks and cars. Challenges that an average kid might take in stride, is greatly amplified for my son. I don't want my child to feel defeated. I want him to have the tools to help him succeed and help him feel good about himself.
At the beginning of the school year, on Aren's composition book, I placed a picture of him standing next to the wax figure of Kareem Abdul Jabbar with the caption, "Defeat Is Not An Option". When I put it on his notebook, Aren asked me, "what does defeat mean?" He couldn't pronounce defeat so I had to help him with it. I told him it means not to give up; to keep trying; to do your best.
"When someone tells me there is only one way to do things, it always lights a fire under my butt. My instant reaction is, "I'm going to prove you wrong!" ~ Picabo Street ~