The Whole Child
Creativity and Play:
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Remember, creativity in the classroom is a child's way of expressing his or her own feelings and thoughts about the world, not yours. It breaks my heart to see classroom displays of so-called children's art that all look identical. When I see such cookie cutter results, I can't help but wonder whose thoughts and ideas are being expressed? Ours or theirs?

[Gwen Wright at Nurture Place Day Care] "Clone activities: activities where everybody makes the same thing. The teacher has cut out all the patterns and everybody has to put the eyes here and the eyes there. That's dominating. You're telling them what to do. The best thing to do is to put the materials out and let them go for it. They will create their own play, their own structures, their own artwork. They will create themselves."

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