Creativity In Early Childhood Education Essay

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Investigate and Discuss Creativity in Early Childhood Education.
The aim of this paper is to discuss what is the definition of creativity in early childhood education. To do this we first need to understand what creativity is and I think this quote by Linda Niamen (cited online 2016) “Creativity is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. Creativity is characterized by the ability to perceive the world in new ways to find hidden patterns” sums it up perfectly for me. So it’s not enough to have the imagination to think new ideas up. No it is the acting of following through with those thoughts to actually create something that was not there before. So I am wondering what if any influence philosophies, teaching styles, and or
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Montessori teachers are specially trained in Montessori philosophy of letting children concentrate deeply on their current interest allowing them to learn through play to achieve the desired result. Montessori put emphasis on independence, creativity, confidence, and motivated learning. Montessori also used the National Early Childhood Education Curriculum-Te Whariki which is based on the aspirations for children to grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, (Te Whariki,1996,p9). Free play and no limits on creativity the Montessori philosophy of letting the day unfold as it may. Next I will introduce you the Kindergarten Movement and their philosophy. Founder of the kindergarten movement, Friedrich Frobel coined the term “kindergarten” which means “child’s garten” metaphorically rather that literally. A kindergarten is an early childhood education centre that has been around in New Zealand since the first centre opened its doors in Dunedin in 1889. Today there are over 445 not for profit kindergarten centres all over New Zealand. I myself belong to the Waikato regional Kindergarten Association and my base is here in Hamilton. Each centre puts together their …show more content…
It was a movement born out of fear from Māori elders that their language, culture, and identity was being lost as whanau were having to move away from their marae, iwi(people) and papakiainga (ancestral lands) to found work and not being able to come home to awhi the whanau at tangi, to replenish the paepae, or to educate their children on marae kaupapa. The first Te Kōhanga Reo was opened in Wainuiomata Wellington in April 1982 and today there are 460 Kohanga Reo centres all around the country. Te Kōhanga Reo followed by Kura Kaupapa Māori and Whare Kura all provide an environment where Māori language, cultural practices and values are demonstrated and are recognized as providing a valuable training ground for maintaining marae practices and protocols. As part of their kaupapa or philosophy Te Kōhanga Reo use music in the form of waiata (song) and dance the form of haka, poi and actions waiata to teach and inspire. The challenge for Te Kōhanga Reo is to keep ideas fresh and inviting, to interest tomorrow’s children while being respectful of the past. To keep coming up with creative engaging activity, and they do this by involving the whole whanau to share knowledge, to share their whakapapa and to invest in this exciting environment to insure that the customs, believes, language is around for all the generations to come. So I think yes there is creativity

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