We are constantly reminded of how different people are from one another. In fact, we are reminded of this on a daily basis when we interact with strangers, co-workers, friends and family members. We all have our own personalities, habits, characteristics, idiosyncrasies, likes and dislikes, strengths and weakness. Yet educational institutes (not all, but many) structure their classrooms in a way that requires children to learn the same way and pass all the exact same tests? Talk about putting pressure on a kid.
To all the teachers, parents and guardians out there who care for more than one child, how many of your children are exactly alike? It’s unlikely that the answer is, “They’re all identical! I can’t even tell who’s who!” Even the closest of siblings and the best of friends have their differences, including the way that they learn. Creativity for Kids®, a company that produces creative activity projects for children of all ages, understands just how different children are from one another and the range of which a child learns. The brand is owned by Faber-Castell®, founded in 1761 and one of the world’s largest manufactures of office and art supplies. Creativity for Kids is not only trying to help educate children using creativity, but also educate adults on the everlasting impact it has on our lives.
Many of us have heard of the No Child Left Behind Act. It is an education-reform bill signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2002. “In order to receive flexibility through a waiver, states needed to demonstrate that they had adopted or would implement a series of reforms to their academic standards, student assessments, and accountability systems for schools and educators.” In theory, the act was meant to create a positive change for children in public schools. But in actuality, “one-size-fits-all” just isn’t practical, resulting in the bill’s serious flaws that are still being addressed by Congress today.
According to Stanford University’s educational study, How Young Children Learn, children learn through play, from their peers, through support and by using basic materials. Every creative activity project designed by Creativity For Kids not only follows these learning guidelines, but also provides children with unlimited options, allowing them to find their perfect fit.
Learning Through Play
Play is probably the easiest way to get a child to learn. Children learn something new everyday without realizing it because their mind is in a carefree place. Learning is pleasurable when they are given the opportunity to be interactive, whether it’s through a game or creative project. Adults can help contribute to this natural process by engaging with a child and communicating with them about what they are experiencing or creating. This is both encouraging to a child and expands their curiosity.
Learning From Peers
When a child engages with siblings, classmates and friends they will find that they are improving their problem-solving skills. They will face challenges on their own, be asked questions, as well as ask their own questions. Children share new ideas and skills with one another, which enhances their learning and confidence.
Learning Though Support
Children allow us to be a part of what they do and what they create. They invited us to play and interact with them. In return, we guide children through several processes, such as sharing and playing nicely. We help them strategize, support them emotionally, and help them find the solutions to their problems on their own.
Learning Using Basic Materials
Children are inquisitive, therefore they learn best through hands-on experiences. A child can take any object and turn it into anything they want. Everything included in the Creativity for Kids kits are simple materials. Colorful tape, pipe cleaners, stickers, outlined images, paint, markers, feathers… the list can go on. These basic materials transport children to a place where sky’s the limit. These materials are used to communicate, to express feeling and to share interests.
We can see the significance of encouraging creativity at home and bringing more of it into the classrooms. It is our responsibility as adults to provide creative projects to children so that they can develop a healthy mind filled with possibility. Education is a personalized experience, so let’s get to know our children’s personalities, likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses. It is not enough to read text from a book and hope a child memorizes the information to pass a test. It’s time to get creative with how our children learn. We will be surprised what the millions of children out there will discover and accomplish thanks to creativity.
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