Children develop creativity when they have an abundance of materials, plenty of free playtime, and lots of space to move. The variety of these materials, time, and space available in our environment allows them to represent their ideas in many different ways.
Children develop an interest in words when they are read to and surrounded by words in their environment. Teachers help children make signs, letters to each other and many other written creations. Print becomes important to children when they find out they can tell others something meaningful through writing.
As physical development progresses, brain development is enhanced. Children need lots of freedom to move their bodies, to develop coordination between muscles and nervous system. “Rough-housing” can help the brain learn the boundaries of their bodies. Taking a risk to try something new adds to a positive self-concept and helps children take other risks such as learning to read.
Children develop beginning science skills by observing, naming, categorizing, predicting, experimenting, and playing with materials to see what happens. The classroom and outside play areas are filled with nature that they can touch, smell, hear, taste, and see. Working and talking together, children form ideas about how the world works.
Playing in a group involves expanding language skills, problem solving, taking another’s perspective, sharing materials, and learning what it means to be friends. Lots of time for dramatic play lets children try on different roles, encourages imagination and creativity, and gives them practice in all of these important areas.