The Kindergarden Way…
Doodle (our nickname of my bonus kindergartner) had a school project due yesterday that involved reviewing all of the letters she had learned in her first 5 or so weeks at school. We had to make an Alphabet Hat to celebrate!
Now, I don’t know about any of you, but I have a Cricut cutter that I LOVE and a little bit of a control freak issue that I deal with. So when I thought about helping Doodle make her alphabet hat I had all kinds of great ideas to make it look pristine and perfect (and utilize that Cricut)! Of course, a five year old has her own creative ideas and doesn’t care too much for any other agendas!
Doodle wanted to make a Coconut Tree from the book they had been reading in class, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! I was so surprised and excited about her idea. For some strange reason, probably that I, myself, was very excited for the project, I never considered what she might want to make. So in that moment I realized a few things (that probably should have been obvious):
- My ideas are not always the best ideas
- This project was not assigned to me
- The goal of the project was not to have the best looking hat but rather review the material, use creative minds, and have fun while doing it!
So, needless to say the hat making went differently than originally thought in my head and I am so glad it did! Doodle ended up making a hat while practicing her cutting skills, letters, writing, gluing, and creativity!! The future educator in me could not be more thrilled about the Alphabet Hat experience. AND, to top it all off we shared laughs and excitement all while secretly still learning. 😉