The Little House

When my daughter was in class three at Rudolf Steiner School Kings Langley, they had a building project. This project was to build a small house for the Kindergarten children. The house is located in the garden of one of the Kindergartens.

The children had to understand how to make mortar and of course how to lay bricks on flat surfaces and also make arches. They did wickerwork for the windows. The Little House is just big enough to fit all the children in the Kindergarten. There are small benches, just the right size for small bottoms. The Little House has a small fireplace, so the children will be able to enjoy a fire in the colder days. It is a place for stories, singing, sharing and special time.

The children in my daughter’s class learned about the importance of putting very brick in the right place, and about working together. There were ups and downs and the project took longer than expected, due to inclement weather and the many other activities at school.

I love this Little House. I know it gives countless children so many great experiences and memories. In fact I love it so much that I asked a talented artist, and all round great guy, Stu McLennan, to do a painting of it for our family. I always try and use words to describe my subjects, but that is inadequate in this case. So, you can see the painting here. We are very grateful to Stu; he said he very much enjoyed doing the work, because he knows the Little House and the Kindergarten means so much to us.  


Author: Andrew Knowlman

I am a 50-year old father of two children, married to Jane. I live in Hertfordshire, UK. I was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in April 2015.

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