Teaching kids to be creative

An excellent post on teaching children creativity through books. Thank you, Dayne!

Dayne Sislen Children's Book Illustration

If trends continue, most jobs in the future will be taken over by robots. Robots perform repetitious jobs very well. They can even be programmed to perform complicated tasks that require much learning and skill. Workers that repair and code robots will be needed. But many people will be out of jobs.

The future will belong to the creative thinkers.

What type of workers will be the most valuable? People who do jobs that are impossible for robots to do.  The most important jobs will be reserved for very creative people who are able to come up with totally new ideas and concepts. The inventors, innovators, and designers will rule.

Picture book about creating “Creatrilogy” by Peter H. Reynolds

How do we prepare our kids for this future?

Young children need to be taught to think beyond what is available in typical school books. Children need to learn to open their imaginations very early in their lives. They will…

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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15 Responses to Teaching kids to be creative

  1. I always loved when they would let us get creative at school. You are an inspiration, Jennie. Hugs.

  2. beetleypete says:

    Nice reblog, Jennie. When I was around five years old, we had a very plain play-house at school. That could be everything from an enchanted castle, to a cavalry fort, or a cottage in the woods. Imagination needs few props.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Jennie says:

      You took the words on imagination right out of my mouth. Even a box can be wondrous to children. That play house of yours sounds wonderful. Best to you, Pete.

  3. Thank you For the reblog Jennie. I always enjoy reading your blog posts.

  4. Opher says:

    I agree. We no longer need to memorise knowledge. That’s available at the click of a button. What we need is creativity and caring!

  5. I especially enjoyed the book titled: What to do with a box…my baby bro and I enjoyed playing with them no end. Maybe we were more cat than kiddo – Ha!

  6. Norah says:

    This is a great post, Jennie, and certainly worth sharing around. 🙂

  7. Education is one of the fields that should not be replaced by robotic.

    While some program can help Improve children learning ability, the need for a human teacher is of high value.

    I would love to hear your opinion about this post. I find it extremely relevant. https://backtoourselves.org/2018/02/18/constructive-education-the-foundations-for-a-better-future-part-1/

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