Oct 29
Creativity and the Brain

Dear Parents of Sibylla Kiddle School,

As a child, the crowning achievement of Halloween was finding that one house in the neighbourhood that gave out full-sized chocolate bars. Of course, that crown would be a little tarnished if it ended up being a Crispy Crunch and a little more polished if that chocolate bar happened to be a Coffee Crisp.

As an adult, the fun of Halloween, for me, is in the visible creativity of peoples’ imaginations. Walking the halls of our school today I saw a pilot, a scientist and no shortage of princesses. There never seems to be a shortage of creativity in all that surrounds this day.

Albert Einstein says that “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” Renowned educational psychologist, Benjamin Bloom’s research laid the groundwork for theorizing that creativity is the most complex form of the cognitive domain. I love the juxtaposition in the most complex form of thinking also being the most fun.

Fostering creativity as form of brain development within the home is relatively easy compared to teaching a child how to read or solving a mathematical equation. This is because children will naturally engage in creative play. When they build a fort, play house, colour abstract worlds or develop imaginative stories with their stuffies as the central character, they are engaged in creativity, the most complex form of brain development.

This Halloween, keep that costume on a little longer. Dress up with your kids. Name your pumpkin and tell stories of its adventures before meeting you. You may find this challenging, because it is challenging. This is as complex as rocket science; so be an astronaut, have fun and be creative.

Sincerely,
Brad Emery
Principal


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