About every week or so, Lauren’s preschool send home a stack of her artwork. Which, if you think about it, is pretty amazing considering, Lauren doesn’t like to do it. No seriously, at home, she’ll do artwork just fine, but apparently there are times at the school, when she doesn’t feel like being bothered, so she goes and does her own thing.
Case & Point: the picture above. Notice everyone else at the table doing art, and our little social butterfly off playing with a puzzle. The teachers said they tried to get her to come over to the group, but she just wanted to do her own thing.
And sometimes, I can’t say I blame her, especially given some of the art samples she brings home.
But before I go into that, a disclaimer: We absolutely LOVE our daycare! They are great people who are doing an AMAZING job with our toddler. This is just an observation of the somewhat awkward artwork they send home.
For example, about a year ago, they did a unit on the police: their clothes, their cars, and the work they do. And as a wrap up type final project, they sent my then 18 month old home with her very 1st mugshot!
Now I, like you, was tempted to say, “No, this isn’t a mug shot, it’s a badge photo!”, especially given the “Badge #” shown at the bottom. But that was until I saw that accompanying this photo was Lauren’s first set of fingerprints!
Oh No, Ya’ll!! They done fingerprinted my BABY!! And for what?? BANGING!! What kind of banging?? Gang-banging? Hair-banging (like her mom)? Where did I go wrong?!?! :O
But I pulled myself together (and kept a closer eye on her), and they went back to sending home pictures of puppies and red circles glued on paper. Then about 3 or 4 months later, they send home a picture of “Lauren’s Furry Spider”!
Oh I get it, it’s a picture of a spider that was furry. For a minute there I thought they were talking about an, ahem, “furry spider”. OK… maybe I’m the only one who got that… sorry, I went to public school.
But OK, what is THIS supposed to be?!
And when she came home with a picture of her “Fuzzy Triangle”…
… I was ready to draw the line! So one day after dropping her off, I quietly got the attention of one of her teachers and asked about their… ahem… questionable artwork titles. She died LAUGHING!! And then turned BEET-RED! I guess when you spend your days with 2 year olds it just doesn’t cross your mind.
But she said in the future she’ll think twice as to what she calls the artwork, and she thanked me for having a sense of humor about it. And we both smiled and went on about our day, both thankful for kids artwork and smiles it brings.