I recently read a good blog post on nurturing your children's creativity. The woman who wrote it obviously puts a lot of time and thought into allowing her daughter's creativity to blossom, and it got me thinking about the the need to encourage creativeness, and more importantly, how not to stifle it. Anna is naturally a very creative person with a super imagination, (we have only recently said good bye to her imaginary friend, Beedo) and usually just needs to be given the means, and off she will go. The only thing I need to remember to do with her, is to give her space. Some times in my eagerness to help, I can take over a project, or kill the process for her. I can also be a little overly concerned with doing things the "right" way. This must just be something in my nature, since I don't remember anyone ever telling me the way things should be done, but I remember being horrified in Sunday school when a little girl next to me colored her sky pink. Because, you know, the sky is blue- no exceptions. A pink sky would not bother Anna.
When I was teaching my co-op nature class, I had the children keep nature journals, and draw something in it each week. I was surprised at the amount of kids there were who said they couldn't draw, and were to afraid to even try at first. I kept telling them, "It doesn't have to be perfect, or look exactly like what you are copying. All that matters is that you know what it is." I hope Samuel never grows out of the pure enjoyment he gets from drawing, and the absolute confidence that this little circle is a truck, and this little circle is a cat, even if they might look the exact same to anybody else.