19.0700 - Child & Custodial Care Services

Technical Standards

II. Competency Goal II – To advance physical and intellectual competence.

D. Functional Area 7 (Creative) – Candidate provides opportunities that stimulate children to play with sound, rhythm, language, materials, space, and ideas in individual ways and to express their creative abilities..

1. Recognizes that the process of creating is as important—and sometimes more important—than the product.
2. Understands that each child's creative expression is unique and does not encourage uniformity.
3. Allows time for spontaneous and extended play within the daily routine.
4. Includes a variety of music, art, literature, dance, role playing, celebrations, and
5. other creative activities from the children's culture(s) in program activities.
6. Participates in make-believe games with children.
7. Models and encourages children's creativity in language; for example, through rhymes, imaginative stories, and nonsense words.
8. Provides unstructured materials (such as blocks, paint, clay, or musical instru­ments).
9. Encourages thorough, repeated exploration of creative materials whenever pos­sible; for example, by letting a block structure stand so that building can continue the next day or by letting one child play with soap suds for an extended period of time.
10. Models creativity by using homemade materials and found objects.
11. Helps parents understand the importance of creative expression in children's development and the need to provide children with opportunities for creative activities such as storytelling, playing make-believe, using art materials.
12. Provides for "messy" activities with children, such as water and sand play, finger painting, and drawing with markers.
13. Encourages children to try new and different activities.
14. Provides and rotates a variety of male and female dress-up clothes and other "props," including those from the children's culture(s).
15. Keeps informed about cultural resources in the community and uses them with children when possible.
16. Provides crayons, paper, paste, and scissors in a place where children can use them independently.
17. Helps children develop creative abilities through activities and discussion in both languages.
18. Helps children identify and imitate creative forms found in the art, music, and dance of their cultures.


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