A clean house is something I’ve always prided myself on. Years ago when I taught preschool, I would take a 2-hour lunch break once a week just to come home and clean my house. Yes, seriously.
Fast forward 7 and a half years and 4 kids later. While I still love it when my house is clean, I’ve learned a few things about messes. Sometimes it’s okay to say “yes” to the mess! My oldest son (currently 7 years old) is a builder. If you have a builder in your home, you know that his medium for play equals thousands of small manipulatives all over your house. LEGOS. Blocks. Lincoln Logs. Hexbug tracks. GeoTrax. Gears. If you can build with it, we’ve got it.
Not too long ago, he approached me with a messy idea. “Mom, can I build a bridge out of DUPLO blocks along the kitchen sink?” What?!?- this was the actual thought that went through my head. But I took the time to watch him play…and I was simply amazed.
Becky Spence is a homeschooling mama to four little blessings. She is passionate about teaching, specifically literacy. She is the author of This Reading Mama, where she shares reading and writing activities as well as free literacy curricula and printables. You can connect with her on Facebook;, Twitter;, Pinterest;, and Google +.