Early Mark Making via Alistair Bryce-Clegg

At an early years conference I was at some years ago I recall being asked to sign my name on a piece of paper and then pass it to the person on the left. Then, to take my pen in my non-writing hand and try to copy the signature on the piece of paper received from the person on the right. Try it, its really hard. The speaker said that trying to copy a signature with our non-writing hands is what it feels like to be a 3 year old trying to follow lines and patterns on a piece of paper. Giving children this type of exercise serves to demoralise, demotivate and reduce confidence. Far better to let the child explore mark making in their own way with whatever implement they choose. These sentiments are reiterated in the following article by Alistair Bryce-Clegg. I had to smile when he mentions lipstick on his parent’s skirting boards – my mother had to deal with me similarly experimenting on her friend’s newly papered bedroom walls. Perhaps I should invest in some lipsticks for playgroup 😉

Source: Early Mark Making. Alistair Bryce-Clegg


Posted on October 5, 2015, in Jane's Blog and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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