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    The Darndest Things: Pink Baby’s First Lesson

    January 22, 2010 by Brandy Vencel

    I observed something which astounded me yesterday. Earlier in the day, we had done a little art study and narration, and the subject of our study was Peter Bruegel the Elder’s fabulous painting Children’s Games. I am fast falling in love with Bruegel’s unique landscapes.

    Here is a look at it:

    So, during Quiet Time, four-year-old A. was doing what she often does and playing with her babies. Usually, she is putting babies to bed or changing diapers, but today was quite different. The framed copy of the painting was sitting on my placemate at our dining table. My son had put it there because he had spent extra time completing his narration; it was awaiting my attention for putting it back in its spot on the wall.

    A. climbed up in my seat, and sat down with her pink baby doll on her lap. She pulled the painting into her lap as well, and held the baby’s eyes very, very close to the artwork. And then she began to teach her baby all about the painting, which she described as “all the people dancing in the stweet.”

    She even asked a couple discussion questions.

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  • Reply Rachel R. February 2, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    I’m very impressed. I don’t think I could teach pink baby about the painting. (Appreciation of art – of any kind – goes way over my head. I’m too black-and-white I thinker; I miss everything.)

  • Reply Emily January 25, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    That is so priceless! I love Bruegel’s paintings. Some of them are like old Flemish “Where’s Waldo” pictures. You can just look at them for hours picking out all the tiny details. I spy with my little eye…..

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