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C is for Creativity with a Side of Curiosity

Posted on October 23rd, 2015

C is for Creativity with a Side of Curiosity

Creativity and curiosity are words that fit right in with preschool.  They seem to go hand in hand with each other. When you think of preschool you think of little ones creating and exploring in their environment. What do these two words mean and why are they so important in the life of your preschooler?

Let’s start with what they mean. Webster’s defines creativity as the ability to make new things or think of new ideas. Curiosity is defined as the state of being curious: inquisitive, wondering, and ready to poke around and figure something out.

Others might say that creativity is the process of bringing something new into being.Creativity guru Ken Robinson states that creativity is about fresh thinking. Well you can’t get any fresher than a young preschooler!

There are some children who, from the moment we meet them, make us smile. They have a sense of wonder and a way of asking questions that make us stop and think! Most of us know that it is not always easy to answer children’s questions, but asking them first to share their thoughts before answering can sometimes make it easier to respond.  Also, it’s okay not to have all the answers! Realizing this will provide you with the opportunity to model all the different ways to find the answer. Continuing to encourage your child’s curiosity helps them to grow in all areas of their development.

For me creativity is all about self- expression and any creative activity is a process of that self- expression. Being creative is not about coming away with a product, but rather it is more about the process you take to get there. I love to see children so immersed in a project they are not really thinking about outcome but enjoying the process. Here at Miss Lee’s we are inspiring our young ones to not only be curious, but to use their self expression to create new things through the creation of our Tinker lab.

What is the Tinker lab?
Tinker lab is a dedicated time for children to build, paint, experiment, invent and just plain tinker. Each child will have the opportunity to express him/herself through hands on fun and creative activities. I hope that this will be a time where they can learn from their failures and grow from their explorations. Tinkering is important because it can help children understand how things are made, enables them to have focused and unstructured time to explore and test ideas, and it’s this exploration and testing that is at the heart of invention and innovation.

As a parent, how can you continue to foster your child’s innate creativity and curiosity to make sure they are ready for this ever-changing world?

Make creativity a part of your child’s everyday life in some very simple and inexpensive ways. Always encourage your child to make choices and give them opportunities for divergent thinking. For example, helping your child to think of new ways of using a familiar item or toy. Other techniques include letting them disagree- but requiring them to share reasons, encouraging them to find answers and solutions to simple problems, and taking the time to explore new and different places together. And while there are days when it may be a challenge, always give them time and space to express themselves.

As parents and educators, we are preparing our children for an exciting future world, one that will be filled with endless opportunities for those who continue to be curious and creative. One thing for sure, it will be a world unlike what we have experienced and our children need to be able to think outside the box, work and interact creatively, and be prepared for an uncertain yet amazing future!

Sincerely, 

Cynthia Burnett
Head of Preschool 

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