Creativity is an important factor in a Montessori school, but it is viewed differently than you may expect creativity to be viewed. When your child is given a Montessori education, the creativity will focus on the real, rather than fairy tales and fiction. An article from Montessori Academy in Australia described the Montessori view of creativity as “a natural ability that is established through the process of child development.”
A child develops creativity as they grow and develop intelligence and personality. Creativity is a skill that a child can learn as they gain more knowledge about the world around them and their environment.
Montessori schools allow children the freedom to think creatively, and that is what creativity truly is, the ability to think freely and enjoy doing it! Helping to encourage creativity in your child can help them to learn more about the world and test out their different thoughts. This is why creativity is so important for children!
At Montessori School of Chantilly, we stimulate creativity in our students by giving them an environment to explore their ideas and thoughts. Our classrooms and outdoor space gives your kiddos that ability to truly think of the world in a different and creative way and to learn from their ideas.
While we give your child creative freedom while in our classrooms, we want to help you, as the parents, understand the best ways to help encourage your child’s creativity! In this blog, we are going to talk about some of the different things you can do to help support your child’s free mind.
Let Them Be Kids
Children have a way of seeing the world differently. Their ideas are not as logical as an adult’s and that is great! Your kiddo is curious and wants to explore their environment and their ideas, let them. Don’t try to discourage their creativity even if you don’t understand it. Don’t try to make them think more logically or realistically. Let your kids remain kids! Give them the freedom to explore, play, and learn in a way they enjoy.
It is important for parents to understand that creativity is most prominent in younger people. According to Exploring Your Mind, Theta brain waves are stronger in young children than they are in adults. Theta waves are associated with dreaming, creativity, and innovation. So, while your kiddo is still young, let them use their creativity to learn and explore!
Show Support and Love
One of the main aspects of Montessori education is showing your child love and support. Without these key aspects, your child will not feel the encouragement they need to truly have creative freedom. When you encourage your child to be creative and to learn from their unique ideas, they are more likely to accelerate in different areas. The Exploring Your Mind article mentions a study that found that children who were encouraged by their families to be creative, were found to have natural talents in different activities.
A child needs to feel as though they are safe and free to explore their environment. The Montessori Method of teaching strives to never use phrases like “you can’t” or “you don’t know.” As a parent, you should try to avoid these phrases as well. Work to encourage your child and give them the freedom they need to thrive creatively.
These are two of the main ways to help stimulate creativity in your child. By simply doing these two things, they will be able to freely explore their ideas and curiosities! In another blog, we will talk about more way to encourage your child’s creativity. Learn more about the Montessori method by contacting Montessori School of Chantilly!