I have been researching the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This week, I discovered an article in one of this organization’s recent journals about fostering creativity throughout the day in the early childhood setting. This article focuses on the developmental need and importance of aspects such as poetry, art, and music on the early childhood years (Hansel, 2017). It also suggests multiple ways of infusing these creative learning forms into curriculums and supporting academic standards (Hansel, 2017). “True creativity emerges from the combination of knowledge, skill, inspiration, and persistence” (Hansel, 2017, p. 1). I think this is an aspect of education and developmental learning we are beginning to lose focus from and need to consider the immense paybacks these forms of creativity have on learning.
Another journal article I explored discusses how our biases effect the ways in which we provide care for children and also perceive the way others care for children (MacLaughlin, 2017). “For educators, engaging in meaningful reflection, exploration, and conversations about issues such as racism, gender bias, and cultural identity are vital parts of creating anti-bias settings” (MacLaughlin, 2017, p. 1). The article goes on to say that as early childhood educators, we need to be at the top of our game in terms of self-reflection so we are able to recognize and address any of our own biases (MacLaughlin, 2017). I think this insight is extremely relevant to a profession that often finds ourselves within the confines of our classroom and often with little exposure to other classrooms, programs, or perspectives. As educators, I think there is a real need for us to be genuine self-reflectors in order to constantly improve our craft.
In researching this site more, I found pertinent information regarding an increasing number of states aiming to improve their quality rating and improvement systems for early childhood programs. NAEYC research and position statements support incorporating home language and cultural elements into these quality standards (NAEYC, 2017). I find this to be encouraging as there becomes growing evidence for implementing quality standards, especially in early childhood environments.
Hansel, L. (2017, November). Creativity Throughout the Day. Young Children, 72(5). Retrieved from https://www.naeyc.org/resources/pubs/yc/nov2017/creativity-throughout-day
MacLaughlin, S. (2017, November). Rocking and Rolling. Reflection: The First Step for Addressing Bias in Infant and Toddler Programs. Young Children, 7215. Retrieved from https://www.naeyc.org/resources/pubs/yc/nov2017/rocking-and-rolling