Creativity in the Preschool Classroom


Polaroid photography in the early childhood classroom has been a subject, which is usually excluded from some early childhood curricula or small group activities because of its media being something of the past. This paper supports the value of polaroid photography in young children’s play and small group activities in an early childhood classroom. Utilizing polaroid photography in a Reggio inspired preschool classroom in Denver Colorado, exploring how preschool children tell stories through their instamatic pictures. Reggio Emilia educators believe in shared control between teachers and children. For example, the teacher leads the learning of a group of children by searching for their ideas searching for them for insights that will motivate further questions and group activity. Malaguzzi, L. (1996). The Hundred Languages of Children, this is where introducing polaroid photography to preschool children takes place. Introduction In the Reggio educational philosophy, the space dedicated to aesthetic education and the exploration of artistic languages and techniques is called the “Atelier”. The Atelier is a place closely connected to the other school environments, aimed at fostering children’s agency by allowing them to explore visual and expressive languages in close synergy with verbal, body and logical ones. Manera, L. (2022). Art and aesthetic education in the Reggio Emilia Approach. I will incorporate participatory observation, participating in the photoshoots with the children, assisting them in any help needed working the camera etc. Meanwhile documenting on a notepad their conversations regarding their pictures. Reggio Emilia approach is the observance of the environment as

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Brandon Gilbert, Metropolitan University of Denver, United States

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Conference: ACEID2023
Stream: Learning Experiences

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