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Creative Expression and Thought in Kindergarten
Myths About Creative Expression
Creativity is limited to the arts
Creative thoughts and expression focus primarily on feelings
Creativity is free, natural, and innate and cannot be taught
Creative Growth in the Classroom
: accommodates different instructional strategies, productive noise, and a large supply of materials.
: warm, genuine, and respectful towards children, open and willing to explore with children, and avoids evaluating students' work.
: Allowed to talk to other children, able to explain their illustrations, and can ask and answer questions from teacher and peers.
: handled with care, displayed in hallways, in classroom, or framed, and shows collaboration with their peers.
What Children Need to Develop Creatively
Children tend to explore and play that will capitalize their interests and allow them to take the lead.
Children tend to be curious and ask questions and they need time to explore and to pursue their questions.
Children tend to make guesses and pursue new challenges and they need to formulate hypotheses.
Children tend to approach learning holistically and engage in activities that orient children to think creatively.
Children seek to make sense out of their world and need activities that are understandable to them.
Children tend to seek competence to engage in open ended projects to acquire skills in self evaluation.
How To Promote Creative Thought in Kindergarteners
Include activities that make the content more accessible.
Using activities that encourage joyful, active learning.
Activities that help children express their personal connections to the content.
The activity helps children understand and express symbolic concepts.
The activity helps children develop collaborative work skills.
How Children Learn Best
Environments that encourage explorations to develop skills.
Being surrounded by teachers and adults that aren't critiquing their artwork and allowing them to do what they want.
Plenty of time to learn and talk with peers without being rushed.
Access to variation of supplies with textures, sizes, and purposes for optimal developmental growth.