"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." Albert Einstein.
Traditional schooling systems around the world are jumping into more 'Structured' and "Standardized' settings like a 'RAT RACE', where children are being taught in a way that they are only learning the 'facts' and 'Rote memorizing' everything for the Ultimate goal of 'Assessments' and Examinations ...Whats really sad about all this situation is that in the process they are 'Loosing' their natural curiosity, wilderness, and above all 'Creativity' with which every child is born. As soon as they get admitted to any Early Childhood setting, the process of 'Rusting of Creativity' starts as they are not getting any chance to develop, polish and fertilize their Creativity Skills which is the main factor in determining the Success of any individual in a long run.
But fortunately, there are many systems which allows the CREATIVITY FACTOR to develop, polish and get to it's maximum.
In a Montessori system, Creativity matters a lot ,and there are thousands of ways to stimulate that process. One of the popular way is by creating an opportunity which inspires the child to go and make his own Imaginative stories and share it with the class.
It started with the idea of a child in my class who insisted that he would bring some of his Farm animals and share it with his friends. So we all made a plan to model our farm using Cardboard .
We took a big 'Cardboard' and opened it from all the sides and then spread it on the floor. The Farm base was now ready to start the activity .