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03/13/2019 11:50:48 AM

Mar13

Lorrie Applebey

Supporting the Future!

Our preschoolers have the amazing natural capability to be creative in their play, communication, and work with peers. We believe that an emergent curriculum, one that develops from the interests of the children and their teachers, nurtures this development.  Further, we believe in the importance of offering children the opportunity to choose materials from a variety of items and have time to be persistent with their projects. 

The young children at Har Zion Early Childhood Center will be living and working in a very different world as adults. Their future environment will be filled with new information, expanded technology, and issues never faced before. While it is hard to imagine the changes yet to come, think of some major inventions in the 20th century such as nuclear power, the personal computer, the airplane, the automobile, rocketry, the submarine, antibiotics, and television.

We create opportunities, such as building a castle or designing a train station, that foster these skills!   Creativity is the ability to think in different ways, adjust to changing information, and come up with unique and useful solutions to challenges. Creativity is a skill that can be ged and expanded when it is used in real situations and is valued as an important ability. As the world changes at a rapid pace, creative thinking is critical for progress and survival.

When observing a 4-year-old painting, it is easy to recognize that the action of mixing the paint, the brush strokes, and the transformation that takes place are more significant to the child than what the picture may look like as a product, displayed on the classroom wall. 

Focusing on the creative process rather than the product is vital for young children.

 

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