Hello from Classroom 3!
This next month we are going to be tapping into our creative minds and bodies. During play, children pick a toy and use it for multiple purposes. We want to embrace and encourage this creativity and imagination. By allowing children to feel comfortable in their choices we are giving them the confidence and affirmation they need throughout the day. You will not only see creativity in our play but in our art experiences and sensory. For example, you might see us under the table coloring to get a different point of view, using our feet to paint and incorporating food into our paint activities. This way they can use all their senses to play and encourage one another.
Creative expression is an essential element of building knowledge. Infants, toddlers, and twos begin to explore and interact with materials providing opportunities to develop and express individual ideas, feelings and interests. Respect the child who wants to touch or not touch and be aware of children with sensory sensitivities who might not like the feel of some materials. Creative art activities promote the development of self-esteem, individuality, and imagination. They can also reflect the child’s culture and family experiences.
Also, through experimenting with sounds, movement, dramatic play, and their senses, children communicate in ways uniquely their own and reveal their own learning style. Each marking on a paper, pretend scenario, or invented song provides teachers and families a glimpse into a child’s interests and abilities. Appropriate materials encourage movement, dramatic play, sensory awareness, self-expression, and exploration. The more curious a child is, the more he/ she learns.
Parents and families are always invited to come and join us for our activities and mealtimes. We would love for our families to be involved so that the children can show you all the fun learning that we experience in our class.
Ms. Mollie and Ms. Ashley G