Creativity, which is subjective, is often associated with “soft” subjects like music or art. Is it true that creativity is either something you have or not? Is that true? Is it possible to teach kids how to be creative? Here’s why I think so.
Rote Learning Stifles Creativity
Public schools often don’t appreciate creative solutions and solutions. Given all the national regulations and red tape, teachers have to deal with these days; it’s not surprising. Teachers are more concerned with getting their children to pass standard tests than they are about encouraging their children to find new solutions to old problems. You can overcome those obstacles as a homeschool teacher.
Role learning is the most significant barrier to creativity in the classroom, meaning asking your children to memorize facts without context. This type of learning is not creative and can even be harmful in that it discourages students from making their own decisions or thinking outside the box.
Let’s take an example. You might be teaching astronomy this semester. It means that you will likely be studying the solar system’s planets. They revolve around our sun. It’s a fact, but it can be tedious. While your kids may be able to remember the names and order of all those planets, it is not something that will get them excited. Learning random facts is not an excellent way to retain information because they don’t relate to the child’s environment.
Exploration Encourages Creativity
It doesn’t matter what subject you teach in your home classroom; creative learning can occur if you allow them to make mistakes and explore new knowledge. Children are more inclined to be creative when they are asked “what if” questions that don’t have clear answers.
As an example of teaching astronomy, ask your students to make a model and discuss color choices based upon the atmospheres of each planet. Have your children explore whether or not humans might one day be able to live on other planets while you’re at this. Please discuss with your children the essential elements for life and which planets might contain them. A new planet was discovered in the Alpha Centauri solar system, which is close to Earth’s. It is almost identical in size to Earth. This is an excellent example of science news that can be used to inspire creative exploration.
Experimentation should be an integral part of science education. There are few things that can promote creativity better than formulating hypotheses and then conducting experiments to verify them. Children can have crazy hypotheses, but this is okay. As he learns the basics of science, he can sharpen his knowledge by teaching facts about the natural world. Making mistakes is part of creativity, as it allows you to explore how to do it better the next time.
While giving kids the solutions to every problem is one way to teach science and ask them to remember them, exploring knowledge is a better way to encourage creativity. They will be able to come up with unique new ideas if you get them excited about the natural world. Originality can still be taught as long as it is encouraged in the homeschool classroom.