Creative Resources for the Early Childhood Classroom by Judy HerrCreative Resources for the Early Childhood Classroom is a theme based curriculum planner (presented in Alpha order) containing 70 different themes ranging from Ants to Zoo Animals. Each theme contains a variation of the following content depending upon that theme: Curriculum Web, Theme Goals, Concepts for the Children to Learn, Vocabulary, Bulletin Board, Parent Letter, Music, Fingerplay, Science, Math, Dramatic Play, Arts and Crafts, Sensory, Large Muscle (Gross), Small Muscle (Fine), Field Trips, Social Studies, Group Time, Cooking, Transitions, Books, Multimedia, Recordings and Song Titles. The book sections at the end of each theme have been revised with older ones deleted and hundreds added. Over a hundred new activities have been added and many craft activities have been deleted. In addition, an accompanying back-of-book CD-ROM will contain important assessment tools, lesson plan forms, evaluation forms for documentation boards, and more.
The Importance of Creative Arts in Early Childhood Education
Adults are often amazed by young children's unexpected perceptions of the world and the unique ways in which they express their imagination. We also know, however, that children usually need adult support to find the means and the confidence to bring forth their ideas and offer them, day after day, to teachers, parents, and friends. This digest considers both teacher-initiated and child-initiated strategies for enhancing young children's self-expression and creativity. While trying to explore new and better ways of bringing the arts to young children and children to the arts, it helps to examine not only what American teachers do but also what teachers in other nations have discovered. Models developed in other countries, such as in the preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, can be a universal resource.
There's no doubt about it: Creativity is as natural and necessary for children as fresh air and sunshine! By exposing children to creative experiences, we give them the gift of a rich and memorable childhood while laying the foundation for a lifetime of creative expression all topped off with a heaping helping of important learning skills. What Is Creativity? Creativity focuses on the process of forming original ideas through exploration and discovery. In children, creativity develops from their experiences with the process, rather than concern for the finished product.
The creative arts emphasize the process, teaching kids in a world that is progressively more and more product-driven that the method by which you arrive at the destination is as or more significant than the destination itself. Like intelligence or beauty, creativity is a trait that is seen as rare and inherent, a trait that is intuitive and cannot be taught; the works that are produced by those with creativity are awesome and unattainable. However, if children are given the proper opportunities to practice and develop their creativity, as with any muscle in the human body, the trait will become stronger and feel more natural. B ut what is creativity? According to the New Oxford American Dictionary , creativity is defined as:. The use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.
Include Synonyms Include Dead terms. Download full text. This digest considers teacher- and child-initiated strategies for enhancing young children's self-expression and creativity. When teachers think about art and creative activities for children, it is important for them to consider that young children: 1 are developmentally capable of classroom experiences which call for and practice higher level thinking skills, including analysis, synthesis, and evaluation; 2 need to express ideas through different expressive avenues and symbolic media; 3 learn through meaningful activities in which different subject areas are integrated; and 4 benefit from in-depth exploration and long-term projects. Given what is known about young children's learning and their competence to express their visions of themselves, classrooms and classroom activities can be modified in several ways to support children's emerging creativity. First, class schedules should provide children with unhurried time to explore. Children should not be artificially rotated from one activity to another.