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It's encouraging to hear how things have worked out for you. I don't know
what i'm going to do yet, but I really want to figure out a way to make
this work out. Not only do I love doing this, but if I had to stop, the
children would be the ones to lose out, and after all, they are what this
is all about.
>I wrote to you earlier, but I feel I should tell you that I experienced the
>exact same thing in my daughter's first grade, and I came to the teacher as
>a credentialled art teacher.(I felt compelled to teach art because that
>year, for some inexplicable reason, the art teacher decided to teach yoga
>instead of art!). Unfortunately, the first grade teacher and I never came
>to terms, about art or much else. The good news is that I have done
>incredible volunteer projects with ensuing second, third, fourth and
>(second kid) Kindergarten classes. So don't give up - your ideas and
>instincts are great. Oddly enough my second kid's first grade teacher is
>not very welcoming - perhaps it is inherent in the species. And yes,
>teachers can be very controlling - we all like to be lords of our
>I wish I could show you a tile and ceramic mosaic I did with the
>Kindergarteners.The kids made ceramic flowers, with leaves and stems and
>grass, and the parents helped me create a 4' x 8' tiled mosaic
>"Kinder-garden" for the playground wall. The best! Once I did that, they
>ALL wanted me to be a parent in their classrooms.
>Hang in there, and fight for your right to do art!