Childhood is a time of tremendous growth in creative expression. This course will help you learn how to plan indoor and outdoor experiences that promote children’s creativity, as well as how to select culturally responsive materials for all learners. Your role as a creative family child care provider will also be addressed. You will learn how to ensure that your philosophy and environment cultivate creativity in all children and families.
Creativity: An Introduction
Children are born with a natural drive to explore and make sense of the world around them. Their natural curiosity and creativity are enhanced and supported through nurturing, responsive relationships with their families and providers. This lesson will further explore and define the creativity of children in family child care settings and offer an opportunity to think about the importance of creativity for all children.
Cultivating Creativity and Innovation: Experiences and Activities
Curiosity, exploration, and experimentation help children learn about the world, themselves, and the people around them. This lesson will help you learn more about creating experiences and activities that encourage these skills to support creativity in all children.
Cultivating Creativity and Innovation: Environments and Materials
The materials you include in your program help set the stage for an engaging learning environment for all children, which supports their exploration, experimentation, and curiosity. This lesson will highlight materials that promote creativity for all children, and it will share information about choosing materials that support the strengths, needs, and cultures of the children in your care.
Fostering Creativity: The Family Child Care Provider
This lesson highlights the significance of being a creative family child care provider and provides insight on how to promote creativity when engaging with children and families. A key learning point is the importance of self-reflection and collaborative, supportive relationships.