An integral part of creativity is the ability of children to test their ideas and articulate their feelings and desires. In the Studio Room, we nurture a sense of curiosity and self-expression with open-ended, natural materials, prompting organic thinking and invention that purely stems from the children. The students use these materials as a representation or translation of their experiences.

Among the core elements of the Studio Room are the elevated expectations for children to collaborate, utilize self-help skills, and practice empathy.

With opportunities for conversations during snack time and group time, children experience a sense of togetherness when they express their ideas. These conversations increase their use of words and vocabulary to communicate and support problem-solving skills. Meetings become more formal as the year progresses. We discuss things like culture and speak about things and people that are not currently or physically in their space. We also focus on movement, music without lyrics, and role-play. This stage is the beginning of their dramatic play, which becomes a practice of taking turns, inviting risk-taking and problem solving, and learning opportunities to ask for what they need from the teacher and themselves.