Expression and discipline converge

By , Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

Gloria Kingsbury, the founder and director of Happy Hollow School in Framingham, Mass., shares her thoughts on teaching:

"Work and play should not be differentiated in the learning process of children, because play is a child's way of learning. As a child uses toys and objects to represent things, she or he begins to understand the symbolic process of reading and writing."

"Never is a child removed from a room. Never. Never. Never. The situation has to be handled then and there."

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"Painting, as coloring, is always available to the children, and more than any other mode of expression, allows the child to release his or her inner feelings.... Nowhere is a child's personality so apparent as when he paints.... Most of what children of this age paint is accidental and unplanned. Only occasionally does a child start out with a plan and execute it. Regardless, each and every one is a work of art, and there is always joy in the doing - this is the most important thing."

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