Children see magic because they look for it. -Christopher Moore
“Stop acting like a child.” How many times have you heard that or said it? The implication is negative, the behavior undesirable. Why is it that society has deemed being child-like as a bad thing? Certainly, some childish behaviors are less than desirable but children have unique vision that adults seem to lose as we age.
Part of that ability to have imagination comes from not being afraid to be wrong. Creativity and imagination spur innovation. What if we could organize and prepare like an adult but think and create like a child?
We just finished a fiction unit on Monsters. We had fun reading several fiction stories such as Go Away Big Green Monster and Glad Monster, Sad Monster. The children’s conversations in centers and in various activities were filled with imaginative scenarios involving monsters all week. This was also a great time to incorporate feeling words and describing words into our mini-lessons. As we made anchor charts with some of these words, the children could refer to them all week in their reading and their writing.
Children are so adept at pretending. They are missing those filters of self-consciousness that adults have so firmly in place. Adults often feel they “aren’t creative” because they have become so adept at avoiding being wrong. I love listening furtively to the conversations that go on in our housekeeping center. The social skills developed in this center are invaluable.
As we worked on our monsters all week, we created our own “feeling monsters” in Drawing Pad, then uploaded them into Pic Collage. Some even went a step further and uploaded their Pic Collage into Explain Everything. (We have finally started our App Smashing!) The iPads allowed us to create and innovate as we added some voice to our writing all week.
All of us, adults and children alike, have the ability to use our imaginations. We tell others, you can do anything you set your mind to…but do we believe it about ourselves? Imagination isn’t just thinking outside of the box. It is acting on those “what if’s”.
In educational times of increased non-fiction requirements, we enjoyed taking a break and delving into monsters. Instead of writing them off as not-real, my students embraced the opportunity to pretend, create, write, and explore “monstrous” possibilities.
We love using our iPads as creation tools. The only limitation is our imaginations. My students found theirs to be of “monstrous” proportions!
Today we will do exciting new things. Let’s get to it!