When you walk the halls of early childhood education centers and public schools you are often met with wall-to-wall artwork, all perfectly crafted with the same cut out shapes and/or messages. When I see these types of artwork I wonder: Where are the unique children behind this artwork? Were they able to express themselves? What did the experience look like as it unfolded? Did the children feel comfortable exploring on their own or was it heavily teacher-led? Product Art,
Imagine walking down the street and all the sudden a giant approaches you and scoops you up, thrusting your body flying into the air without any advance notice why or warning that they are going to do so. Startling right? (and not just because a giant randomly appeared beside you) This happens to young humans all the time. For them, being picked up is unavoidable; We can't let them lay in a poop diaper all day, we need to pick them up to change the diaper. So, what do we do?
Categorizing young humans as children gives us permission to treat them less than human and forget that they have needs, thoughts, and desires. This rhetoric needs to change. The objective of this blog is to raise awareness surrounding human development; approaching material that challenges mainstream ideals, promoting best practice, and advocating for young humans. We hope to encourage lively and respectful discussions that move and inspire humans to turn ideas into reali