The seed of creativity is creative play, and VoxPrima’s approach is to provide a space for this play in elementary school classrooms with an activity that combines creative writing with illustration, and takes into account the different stages involved in a creative process.
Educating in creativity requires eliciting divergent thinking (the ability to generate multiple different approaches to the same problem) and convergent thinking (the ability to combine some of these ideas and come up with the best solution). These are two moments that it is important to recognize and separate–hence VoxPrima’s taking the method for creative learning into a classroom setting and structuring its creative activity in two clearly distinct work sessions.
We are convinced that encouraging children’s creativity and their ability to tell a story boosts their self-esteem, improves their academic development, and brings them closer to the reading process.
What do we understand by creativity?
Creativity is the ability to generate original ideas that have value.
What we mean by creativity is the ability to play, to dare change things or create new ones, to run the risk of making mistakes, and, in general, to solve many different sorts of problems. What we are talking about is self-esteem, empathy, the capacity for expression, and, particularly, stimulation, effort, and a focus on the process itself.
Creativity is a key habit for a child’s overall education.
Evolutionary research carried out by Dr. Mark A. Runco’s renowned team at California State University proves that teenagers who have had access to creative learning programs during their childhood are better equipped to manage conflicts, cope with stress, and, therefore, relate to others. They have more confidence in themselves and in their ability to be successful in the future. Ultimately, they know that their ability to develop alternatives will be very helpful in their lives, no matter what kinds of problems they have to face.
A challenge to the difficulties of learning!
Ken Robinson, worldwide education specialist