Welcome to our Creative Fluency Resources Page. Creative fluency is the ability to generate LOTS of ideas, not necessarily different.
Fluent thinkers can also “hitchhike” on one idea to come up with many more ideas. E.g. when brainstorming ways to mop up an oil spill, one idea might be to use hair clippings. “Hitchhiking” on that idea would include using dog hair, cat hair, sheep’s wool, etc.
The first step to problem-solving or generating anything creative is having as many ideas as possible to choose from. Fluency loosens up the creative wheels. School tends to make students seek one correct answer instead of considering multiple possibilities. Students learn not to go past one.
Creative Fluency Examples
- Math: Ways to see 24 (practice and review order of operations, math facts), list things that are cylinders
- Language Arts/Reading: brainstorm alternate word choice options, such as ways to say said, words that have a certain consonant cluster, words with negative connotations, onomatopoeias, etc.
- Science: things that require energy, characteristics of living things, things that can affect motion
- Social studies: things that can affect an election, natural resources that can build an economy, things a colonist might say about the British, roles of a leader, community helpers, etc.
Reading is such a fundamental starting block for any learning. It is the main channel for learning in most schools or educational settings and a necessity for future academic achievement in mainstream education.
Children are however not always ready for the world of reading by the time they go to school. The reason for this is as important as the solution. Some of these reasons or causes for why they may not be susceptible to the world of reading are exactly what you need to identify in order to find the best solutions.
A younger sibling might feel intimidated by the reading ability of the older. Best solutions would include reading separately with the younger sibling to build their confidence.
Advice about Learning to Read
- A child may not be developmentally ready for reading. Ways to help with this is to
- Make sure your child knows their sounds. This can be tricky as English is not a phonetical language. Find games, whether on screen or paper to help them learn the rules. Teach Your Monster To Read has been a favourite for us.
- Start off with pictures, discussing the story told by these and developing a curiosity for the story and expressing themselves in language.
- Follow your child’s reading with your finger to give them a point to focus on.
- Find stories that interest them. Whether they are into dinosaurs, princesses or space. Topics that interest them is the key.
Always remember not to put pressure on your child to start reading. We all do things in our own time, but a negative feeling towards reading can last a lifetime. Instead, focus on creating a love for readingby reading them stories from a young age. When they are ready they will want to carry on finding the stories they love. Children will more readily follow what you do, so also make sure to show them that you make time to read your own books.
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