This week’s stories were inspired by a post by Edspire about the tragic loss of her daughter Matilda Mae. In the post was the story of Waterbugs and Dragonflies which I thought was a lovely story it is written by Dorris Stickney. Although it was written to help explain death to you children I didn’t feel it was my place to go into school and explain death to a reception class; so I kept it nice and light and explained that sometimes when things disappear they are not really gone we just can’t see them. We then had a discussion about how butterflies change from caterpillars, this helped introduce the next story George and the Dragonfly. This is a lovely rhyming picture book about a boy who wants a snake or a lizard but his mum say no, so he decides to live in the jungle. As soon as he leaves the house he meets a friendly dragonfly who show him all the amazing creatures in his own back garden – who needs the jungle!
To celebrate National Storytelling Week my local nursery is having a week of activities. We were invited to do a session for the preschool room so we decided to test the early years create and show kit for Harry the Hapless Ghost.
When we were starting the create the early years version we were a bit worried that the kids at this age may be a little frightened by the idea of ghosts and witches. Well we needn’t have worried the humour of the story carried it through and the kids got really into the characters.
Unfortunately we weren’t able to photograph the session but the nursery did manage to get permission to give us these two images.
I was driving home on Easter Monday listening to Radio 4’s Start the Week programme; being interviewed were three scientists. One of the scientists Philip Ball made the point that science is all about making things and it’s a craft. I had always thought of science as looking at what had been made. He went on to explain that most scientific research is done in finding some way of making a practical product such as a medical device.
Heckscher (1966) explains the link between creativity and science ‘in every great discovery there has always been somewhere along the line a creative act, a leap of imagination.’ Bernadette Duffy  explains this further with Newton’s discovery of gravity saying that it took a creative jump from observing the apple falling to getting to the theory of gravity. Continue reading
We all know that being creative with children is good for them, but why and how does it help them in later life?
The Department of Children Schools and families has identified that creativity for children allows them to express themselves, helps their decision-making, educates them in assessing risk and making connections through play and learning new things thereby building their confidence.
A lot of studies have been done in this area and Bernadette Duffy, author of Supporting Creativity and Imagination in the Early Years has identified that the arts can contribute to all areas of learning in children. For example, she believes it can aid concentration, problem solving and helps children to represent experiences and feelings. It also helps them to share and interact with others as well as aiding their motor-neurone skills. The children learn to understand colours and shapes as well as presenting them with opportunities for speaking and listening, all important skills for life.
I agree and I’ve felt intuitively that the sense of achievement we Continue reading