Creative Educational Experiences Can Maximize Learning!
It has been proven time and time again that children's learning is maximized when they are allowed the opportunity to construct and become active participants in their learning rather than passive. This page will include a variety of activities and experiences that can be used in educational settings as well as at home to increase and maximize learning experiences of children.
Enhancing Creative Thinking Experiences to Maximize Learning Opportunities
Dear Educators and Families:
While we are aware that tradition and typical learning strategies and approaches are great and still effective in learning experiences, let's try a few innovative experiences that will challenge children while still increasing learning knowledge and self-confidence.
Reflective Journal Questions/Activities- If you could be a block developer (develop play blocks for children), what would be a new type of block that you would develop for children ages 3-5? Please include a written description, a drawing (illustration), colors, types of materials used to make and any "extras" that would make your blocks more marketable. Use catalogs and other examples that might help you respond to this journal reflection.
Projects and Samples of My Work- Here are samples of my newly created blocks for young children. Please set up a classroom display for others to view your work. You may also develop a simple form for observers to comment! Names are optional. You may also develop a simple rating scale that can be used to determine the appropriateness of the project work for children ages 3-5.
Learning Through Play Experiences- There are many theorists who helped us to develop many understandings about play. Here are few- state if you agree or disagree with any or all of the theories.
Source; Hirsh, Rae Ann. Early Childhood Curriculum: Incorporating Multiple Intelligences, Developmentally Appropriate Practice, and Play. Pearson: Pennsylvania, 2004.
Definitions of Play
Frederick Froebel- "An expression of human development in childhood- for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child's soul."
Jean Piaget- "Play begins as soon as there is predominance to assimilation."
Sigmund Freud- "The opposite of play is not what is serious, but what is real. Play serves the purpose of wish fulfillment and for the mastery of traumatic events."
Erik Erikson-" Play provides model situations in which aspects of the past are re-lived, the present represented and renewed, and the future anticipated."
Lev Vygotsky- The child engages in an "imaginary, illusory world in which unrealizable desires can be realized."
Maria Montessori- "Play is the child's work."
My Own Personal Portfolio- Include the following with written descriptions
My name is____________________________
My name means_____________ (Please do a search on the meanings of your name)
When I was a born, I was named by:
This is a description of me when I was a baby, according to an interview with___________________________________________________:
I started crawling at age:
I started walking at age:
I started saying some first words at age:
My favorite toy when I was a baby:
My favorite foods as a baby:
Some other specialties about me as a baby: I am happy to share these with you:
Please continue adding more questions and experiences for various ages and stages of the child' life!