"IMAGINATION!" replies my pre-k students.
My students go off into play and will run up to me whenever they created something spectacular and state, "Look! I used my imagination!"
Imagination. Now there's a word children have not heard in a long time. We want our kids to be creative and use their imagination, but never give them the opportunity to do so. If they don't use their imagination and explore their interests, it will never develop. Everyone wants their children and students to succeed, to have a bright future, and be happy. Their imagination is the key to unlock all of those achievements.
Carl Sagan said "Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere." We're heading into a future that will go nowhere if we continue to place adult-like expectations on children. Help our kids lead us into the unknown by allowing them to use their imagination! I am trying to raise money to fund the imagination playground block set for our school.
We're a small early childhood school that believes firmly that a healthy and active body is essential for learning. Our school serves our students healthy and nutritious lunches and educate students on fitness and nutrition.
We also believe that a child's imagination should be encouraged. Walk around our school and students will show you where the Super heroes sleeps, the door to the chamber of secrets, hidden treasures, and the gate that leads to the dragons den. Of course none of those things exist behind those doors (don't tell our kids that) but imagine if it did! That's exactly what we want our kids to do..IMAGINE!
How will the imagination playground blocks help? Imagination Playground is a mobile play system made up of big blue foam blocks in many unique shapes and sizes. The children are allowed to unleash their creativity. Whether they love trains, rocket ships, dinosaurs, or robots, if they have an idea, they can try to create it. Kids are allowed to build new things every time they interact with the Imagination Playground.
One of the biggest issues our students have is answering the question "What do you think?"
They freeze. Almost too hesitant to think what they actually think. They are afraid to be wrong. Using your imagination and thinking does not present a clear right or wrong answer. It's an unknown and they're afraid of it.
These modifiable block structures will allow the students of our school to think and tread in the unknown worlds of their imagination. They will learn that mistakes are meant to be made and they can learn from them!
They will take risks, learn what works and doesn't work. They will learn how to be a kid in an environment that embraces who they are, no matter what an assessment or score says. They will learn to use their imagination and use it to their advantage!
I've decided to tread into unknown territories and use gofundme.org. Please visit the link below and consider contributing to this great cause. I will update with pictures and impact if this project gets fully funded. Any consideration, donation, and share is much appreciated! Thank you!