The preschool years are a time of tremendous growth in creative expression. This course will help you learn 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 preschool teacher will also be addressed and help you learn how to promote creativity in your workplace.
Creativity: An Introduction
This lesson provides an introduction to creativity and describes what it looks like during the preschool years. A key learning point is the significance of creative expression for children’s overall development and learning.
Cultivating Creativity and Innovation: Experiences and Activities
It is important to provide children with a variety of experiences that cultivate creativity. This lesson describes how you can engage children in meaningful indoor and outdoor activities that promote their creativity, innovative thinking, and exploration.
Cultivating Creativity and Innovation: Environments and Materials
Spaces and materials are powerful elements of creativity. This lesson will highlight the significance of carefully choosing materials and toys to promote children’s creativity in preschool. You will learn about choosing culturally responsive creative materials and choosing materials that support the strengths, needs, and abilities of all children.
Fostering Creativity: The Preschool Teacher
This lesson highlights the significance of being a creative preschool teacher and provides insights on how to promote creativity when engaging with children, families, and colleagues. A key learning point is the importance of self-reflection and collaborative, supportive relationships.