Creativity can be found in all aspects of life not just the commonly thought of things like music and art. For example the methods a scientist uses to discover a cure for a disease. You learn to be creative by experimenting, exploring, questioning assumptions, using imagination and synthesising information. Creativity fosters mental growth in children by providing opportunities for trying out new ideas and new ways of thinking and problem solving. Creative activities help acknowledge and celebrate the uniqueness and diversity of children. Creative experiences help children express and cope with their feelings and develop resilience by taking the initiative, taking risks and making mistakes.
It is believed that play shapes the structural design of the brain. We know that secure attachments and stimulation are significant aspects of brain development; play provides active exploration that assists in building and strengthening brain pathways. Play creates a brain that has increased ‘flexibility and improved potential for learning later in life’ (Lester & Russell, 2008, p. 9).
Young children’s play allows them to explore, identify, negotiate, take risks and create meaning. The intellectual and cognitive benefits of playing have been well documented. Children who engage in quality play experiences are more likely to have well-developed memory skills, language development, and are able to regulate their behaviour, leading to enhanced school adjustment and academic learning (Bodrova & Leong, 2005).
I will learn to read but first I need to…
- Rhyme, I need to recognise the sounds that letters make before I can read.
- Look at books, I need to be interested in words and books to read.
- Track, I need to follow objects with my eyes to read.
- Talk, I need an extensive vocabulary to understand what I read.
- Do puzzles, I need to differentiate size, shapes, lines and directions to read.
- Build, I need to use my fingers and hands independently to hold books and turn pages.…and I need someone to read to me every day!
I will learn to write but first I need to…
- Imagine, making up stories when I paint and create will help me to write.
- Build, I need to use my fingers independently to write.
- Scribble and draw, making marks and shapes to convey my message will help me to write.
- Manipulate, using paint brushes, crayons, pencils and pens will help me to write.
- Climb, I need strong arm and body muscles to sit up and write.
- Play with letters and words, I need to be interested in letters and words to write…..and I need someone to show me how important writing is every day!
I will learn maths but first I need to…
- Count, understanding numbers will help me in all areas of maths.
- Sort and match, understanding same and different will help me to classify.
- Explore, exploring will help me understand spatial terms like: front, behind, above, below, left and right.
- Measure, measuring will help me understand the concepts of height, length, weight, time and money.
- Recognise shapes, recognising 2D and 3D shapes will help me in all areas with geometry…..and I need someone to explore these concepts with me every day!