Our Children are Creative by Nature

Art class anyone?  And to think, last year I was told my free choice; building 3d sculptures with dominoes, completing puzzles, free drawing and other activities were “meaningless” in my elementary art classroom because these activities was not assessed. 

Creative by Nature

179438_573519639346536_934910261_nChildren have a natural curiosity and creativity- and express it freely when young. They are able to learn new things rapidly, becoming proficient at communicating in their native language in their first five years.

For a child the way of learning seems more akin to play then study. They are able to master many things on their own, supported and guided by adults but also highly self directed.

Then formal schooling begins, and we put our children into classrooms. One adult is given the task of teaching a wide range of subjects. There is a lot of information they are asked to remember, often with little explanation about how these various subjects fit together.

For too many children, this new way of learning seems duller, abstract, rigid and very confusing. The world that up until then had been experienced as a whole starts to look more fractured and compartmentalized…

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