During the program, children have the opportunity to develop themselves in the areas of creative thinking, focus, undivided attention, self- confidence and self-esteem in a playful manner.
The programs build on age specific general National Curriculum requirements in the EU. Each Adventure intends to develop various age related skills and abilities as well as the children’s general knowledge in different areas such as the English language, Science, History, Geography, Religious Studies, Art Appreciation and more.
The exercises not only support the creative development and enhance creative expression of the child but can develop the child in other areas as well, such as in movement co-ordination, concentration, fine manipulative skills, and the ability to work both individually and in teams.
This adventure program focuses on active creative play. The particular exercises we do depend on the age group of the children.
3 hr session
The activities build on Betty Edward’s drawing techniques, the principles of Julia Cameron’s raising creative children, brain gym techniques, educational coaching techniques and construction techniques (learning by doing/Kelly).
The exercises not only support the creative development and enhance creative and artistic expression of the child but can develop the child in other areas as well, such as in movement co-ordination, concentration, fine manipulative skills, and the ability to work both individually and in teams.
This creative adventure focuses on creative self-expression via drawing and colouring. As one of the many results of the field trip the children can enhance their drawing abilities via learning to use some of the right-brain drawing techniques.
Besides learning to draw, we visit a local art museum in order to learn about various styles and techniques.
During the sessions we draw and colour a lot and develop the following skills:
This adventure program offers a fun-way to learn about famous (and not-so-famous) artists and different distinctive styles of art-making. The program offers and opportunity to experiment with various art movements and their distinctive features. It is encouraged that children experiment with creating digital art.
2×3 hr session
Among many imaginary creatures, the SnailFarm Snail Brigade help us compose various new stories and create some new fabulous Snail characters during the program.
As a result of the program children develop their vocabulary and grammar; structured and creative writing and can get more confident in story telling.
During the adventure program we do some of the following exercises and more (depending on the age group of the children):
3 hr session
Apart from the above kids have the opportunity to create a digital story of a certain topic. During the program kids create a story line, take photos, create artwork and collect different material that they form into a movie or as we call it a digital story. Children also learn how to create a video blog/journal.
The daily theme is decided by the kids taking part in the program.
2×3 hr session
Children have the chance to investigate different topics (sea life; Maltese culture; forest life; etc.) while boosting their confidence in speaking and writing in English. CLIL methodology and creative+artistic tools are used to make the program interesting and fun.
3 hr session (2×3 hrs session when part of the program is held out-doors)
This program focuses on eco-conscious living. It introduced children to different source of alternative energy; children are asked to consider and plan how to use less energy, recycle more widely,etc. The program uses creative+artistic tools to make the program fun and interesting for all ages.
3 hrs session
Apart from learning to cook simple meals, children learn how to follow a recipe; about kitchen safety; healthy eating habits; nutrients; international cuisine and more.
2×3 hr session
As a result of the above adventure programs children often experience enhanced concentration even during school sessions and less stress; they will also become more creative and more confident in their self-expression in different artistic ways; they can also experience enhanced self-esteem, more ease in their communication, enhanced drawing skills as well as being able to see gestalt and think in a more complex manner.
Over all, children can develop their creative thinking + cognitive skills via various exercises during the above programs.
oh, I almost forgot, and we shall have oodles of FUN!
Cognitive abilities are brain-based skills we need to carry out any task from the simplest to the most complex. They have more to do with the mechanisms of how we learn, remember, problem-solve, and pay attention rather than with any actual knowledge. For instance, answering the telephone involves at least: perception (hearing the ring tone), decision taking (answering or not), motor skill (lifting the receiver), language skills (talking and understanding language), social skills (interpreting tone of voice and interacting properly with another human being).
COGNITIVE ABILITIES ARE BRAINS FUNCTIONS
Cognitive Ability/Brain Function
|Perception||Recognition and interpretation of sensory stimuli (smell, touch, hearing, etc.) Relevant|
|Attention||Ability to sustain concentration on a particular object, action, or thought.
Ability to manage competing demands in our environment.
|Memory||Short-term/ working memory (limited storage).
Long-term memory (unlimited storage).
|Motor||Ability to mobilize our muscles and bodies.
Ability to manipulate objects.
|Language||Skills allowing us to translate sounds into words and generate verbal output.|
|Visual and Spatial Processing||Ability to process incoming visual stimuli. Ability to understand spatial relationship between objects. Ability to visualize images and scenarios.|
|Executive Functions||Abilities that enable goal-oriented behavior, such as the ability to plan, and execute a goal. These include:
Flexibility: the capacity for quickly switching to the appropriate mental mode.
Theory of mind: insight into other people’s inner world, their plans, their likes and dislikes.
Anticipation: prediction based on pattern recognition.
Problem-solving: defining the problem in the right way to then generate solutions and pick the right one.
Decision making: the ability to make decisions based on problem-solving, on incomplete information and on emotions (ours and others’).
Working Memory: the capacity to hold and manipulate information “on-line” in real time.
Emotional self-regulation: the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions for good performance.
Sequencing: the ability to break down complex actions into manageable units and prioritize them in the right order.Inhibition: the ability to withstand distraction, and internal urges.