I know you are probably thinking “Paper? Really? REALLY?” My answer – YES!!!!
We go through so much paper and it is probably not all what you imagine. We use paper for so many things that I cannot imagine even trying to educate without it. And lots of it is used in delight directed activity. So, yes. Paper.
- For drafts
- For drawing
- For creating
- For sculpting
- For printing
- For playing
Some of those are obvious; others, maybe not so much.
We do writing activities – stories, from prompts, poetry. They also do a lot of writing on their own, just because a story or poem has come to mind. One of the girls gave everyone a poem that she created for Christmas.
One of the “not so obvious” – sculpting and creating. Have you ever seen a paper TV? I wish I could show you but I don’t have a picture of it. My middle giggly girl made a three dimensional TV for her dolls out of paper and tape.
The playing encompasses so much! They make lists of things they want to do. They write the rules for the club they are forming. They make lists of “services” they offer, such as drawings, hair styling, or horse lessons. (Yes, I do mean horse lessons, as in how to canter, trot, or do dressage.) They make programs for the performances they put on for us. They make things for their dolls – candy, money, purses, books, and so much more.
Yes, we do the norm – printing out worksheets or maps or whatnot. But I keep a drawer of scrap paper for all of their activities. I have had to ask for people to save me papers that have been printed on one side but are now ready for the recycle bin because I ran out of scrap paper. So, for our family, one of our absolute, must-haves is paper. Plain, printed on one side or not, ready to create with. At Home.
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