In this blog I look at the importance of woodwork in early childhood education – building confidence, especially creative and critical thinking skills well as providing a foundation for lifelong learning and incorporating all curriculum areas.
‘As children make with wood they are learning skills that will empower them to shape their world’
Encouraging Creative and Critical Thinking in Early Years Education by Pete Moorhouse, Dubai
Date: 31 January – 1 February, 2020
Location: UAE, Dubai,
Hotel: Holiday Inn Barsha
This course will focus on how to develop children creative thinking. We will gain an understanding of the importance creativity plays in education and in life as a whole. We will look in detail at the experience of Reggio Emilia and their approach to encouraging creativity and independent thinking. I will present two examples of children’s explorations in depth – Woodwork and Photography. The course will conclude by looking at the role of the teacher and the importance that the environment plays, both indoor and outdoor, in facilitating creative investigation and exploration. The pedagogical approach of Reggio Emilia will be the foundation underlying all the sessions.