It's been a while since I interviewed Maia. I posted one a couple of years ago, but I often ask her interview-type questions every couple of months and write them down in my current notebook. Last night, after dinner, she asked to be interviewed, so I asked her the following questions…
Note: The photo is her second grade school pic.
JEAN :: What is something you'd like to learn how to do or to do better?
MAIA :: I'd like to learn how to sew on your sewing machine.
(pause…) And I'd like to learn to drink water better (giggle). And I would actually like to wash the dishes a little easier (giggle, giggle).
JEAN :: What are your three favorite colors?
MAIA :: [First, she went to find her most recent rainbow painting, and then while looking at it, said...] Middle blue, light red, and very, very bright yellow. Very, very, very bright yellow.
JEAN :: What's your favorite thing about having a little sister?
MAIA :: Because I get to make things for her and I get to play games with her and I like to play with her and I like to do puzzles with her. I like to take baths with her and I like how she's always funny sometimes. And I like how I get to teach her things and I like gardening with her and swinging with her and playing with her.
JEAN :: What is your favorite art activity?
MAIA :: I like all of them, but marbling is my favorite.
[Jean's note: I just wrote about Suminigashi, her favorite marbling technique, in Tuesday's newsletter. We started doing it a while back, inspired by Valerie Deneen at Inner Child Fun who said it was her daughter's most requested art activity in my post about bloggers' fave art projects. Of course we had to try it.]
JEAN :: What was your favorite Christmas gift?
JEAN :: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
MAIA :: My favorite place to be would be visiting my Aunt Jenny and Uncle Teddy in Australia and looking at the koalas and seeing all the animals.
[This last question is from a children's picture book called You Choose by Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart that we've been enjoying lately. It's full of similar, "make you think and imagine" type of questions. Very interactive!]
I love hearing Maia's answers! I've thought about keeping track of these informal interviews just to record how they change over time. Maybe in a journal or maybe include them in annual photo books (if I get back to doing our annual photo books!). My various notebooks are not the ideal place because they are full of so many other notes and rough drafts and random things and often get tossed when I'm finished with them.
Do you do anything like this? Any good ideas for recording the interviews?
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