Creativity and play as a means to learning all subjects
Imagine Creativity Home School
Curriculum 4 to 8 years
It is structured in such a way that you can work with or share with others.
Summary - Overview and Objectives :
This curriculum emphasizes creativity as a means to learning all subjects. Why bother? Because the highest forms of intelligence require equal parts of creativity, social development and mental or logical learning. The vehicle that allows all of these to take place in an integrated way is play. Play connects all the parts of the mind, emotions, personal identity and ambition and adds enjoyment or energy in order to drive the whole process along day after day. Play is the car with all the passengers in it.
The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before. Neil Gaiman
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. Albert Einstein
Creativity is intelligence having fun. Albert Einstein
Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning. Diane Ackerman
The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct. Carl Jung
When the fun goes out of play, most often so does the learning. Joanne E. Oppenheim
You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. Maya Angelou
Play touches and stimulates vitality, awakening the whole person—mind and body, intelligence and creativity, spontaneity and intuition. Viola Spolin
Play and creativity connect at the source for all learning. Without this connection we are robotic, fragile and easily burn out.
Learning, which contributes toward overall development requires the use of the mind, emotions, intuition, creativity, play instinct and physical body. From this social skills, logic, academics, empathy, concentration, confidence, enjoyment of learning and coordination all follow. All are part of education. What education system can allow for all of these skills and abilities to gradually develop? The answer: a curriculum based on imagination and creativity.
Each child has an amazing potential, it comes from their center, this means the center of each child needs to engage with meaningful experiences on a daily basis. Each person has a unique identity and unique creative expression of this identity.
As much as possible all of the goals: creativity, social and academic learning need to be integrated into the daily curriculum. Imaginative play is the beginning and foundation because it engages and integrates the body, emotions, mind and imagination. If these are engaged, the interest and satisfaction levels will remain high in your child and learning will not be frustrating or become monotonous or worse; the rejection of learning.
In the younger years that is why almost half the time of learning is devoted to these integrated creative activities. Play is essential in the development of social skills. Free play time is then integrated toward structured goals. The goal of a lesson can only happen when things are happening gradually because it takes about ten minutes to engage the inner self with a new activity. There are at least five parts or five levels of engagement in order for the inner self to find some expression. This means a lesson experience takes at least 10 to 15 minutes to arrive at all parts being open to learning. Then it is best to stay at this place of learning for another 10 to 15 minutes to allow the creative process to have an experience. If all parts of a child are allowed to participate in this way, the lesson is never forgotten and one can build step by step toward a goal.
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Little by little, one travels far - J. R. R. Tolkien