Montessori on Creativity

Children Creativity

Creativity may seem important only for people who are involved in the artistic trade. Yet more and more in our society we see the real value of it. There have been links between creativity and problem solving abilities (Moyles, 1999) and increasing the ability to “think outside of the box”. If this is true then creativity is therefore significant if we are to encourage and help children be an independent and productive citizen of society. One definition of may be “creativity is basically an attitude, one that come easily to young, but must be sustained and strengthened lest it be sacrificed in our too logical world (Marzollo and Lloyd, 1972).

We can therefore conclude that creativity is important, is interspersed with the arts and can be said to be innate in children, so how then do Montessori schools support creativity in young children? Creativity for Montessori is vital since she realizes that it is part of helping children discover or even create themselves since it is a means of self-expression. As a child grows up in this world, self-exploration/discovery is important in forming their being. According to Montessori it involves three components, answering the questions:

1. What is out there?
2. What might I do with what is there?
3. How can I carry out my abstract ideas.

When a child is encouraged in the creative process this can also help increase their concentration, it allows them to lose themselves in their work as they engage themselves in the process completely (Miller,J, 2001). Since art and creativity go hand in hand it is then we look at how Montessori encourages art in the classroom. She realises the need for self-expression and having the means for communicating these ideas. She takes into mind the abilities of the child in this endeavour.

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