“Windows mean light, wisdom means Windows!” ~ Mehmet Murat ildan
On a recent Twitter chat called #Kinderchat Geoff Billing, an Early Years colleague, wrote this tweet.
“I sure did! Even my sons point out settings that have painted windows. Blocks out natural light & looks tacky! #Kinderchat”
Other colleagues also tweeted their thoughts on painted windows within settings.
My views are very clear that windows are there for one to see outside and connects the outside in! So I’m often surprised when I still see settings that have painted their windows with either tacky paintings and/or worse still, with the paint peeling off the window.
Some settings have said to me they paint their windows so that passers-by can’t look in. If this is the case, it’s better to ‘frost’ the windows half way so at least there’s some natural light coming in and is more easy on the eye, rather than use paint, which darkens the room. Although, as we know, the best way to experience nature is to be outside. But when inside we can still appreciate nature from looking outside the window.
I remember one of my inspirational Early Years colleagues, Pat Cole, stating: “Laura, I do have to ask if they paint their windows at home!” Pat has since passed away, but I remember her ‘telling it like it is’ attitude and not being afraid to speak out on behalf of children. Even the guru of Early Years, Elinor Goldschmied, acknowledges Pat in one of her books.
Also, for children to be still and reflect, a window offers the perfect opportunity. I have discussed the importance of children being still before.
On a visit a few years ago, I pointed this out to a nursery, whose windows were painted. Initially, the manager said the children “liked the windows with pictures on”. I pointed out that it blocks out natural light and that children benefit from seeing nature from the window and observing seasonal changes. Later on during the day, there was a squirrel in the garden. The manager stated: “Ah, I see what you mean now Laura!”
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