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As parents we often have to figure out the balance between guiding our children and letting them discover things on their own. When our children start school for the first time and their days become more structured, we want to make sure that the learning and discovery continues at home and that may mean giving children more freedom to explore. Children are creative beings by nature, and it’s up to the adults in their life to help foster that creative potential.
Mara Lise Esposito, Education Director and co-owner of Not Just Art, a children’s music, art and science creative enrichment center for children through age 12, suggests some helpful pointers for parents to help children flourish through freedom when they are home.
“Children construct their own knowledge,” Esposito says, “and caring adults can set the stage for that to happen. When children are given permission to do things for themselves in their own way, that’s when deep connections are made and real learning blossom.”
Children look to their parents for encouragement and guidance, so it’s also important to remember to keep the positivity going once a project is done. Esposito suggests these tips to help affirm your child:
Creative play is an essential part of kids’ development, and as most parents know first-hand, there’s no better feeling than watching your kid experience the joy and pride of learning something new on their own.
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East Patchogue, NY 11772
250 Halstead Ave.
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