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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL 10 Introduction • nonconformity to society’s stereotypes; • ability to wait for rewards; • self-motivation to do excellent work; and • a willingness to take risks. (1992) According to Mary Mayesky, Adults who work with young children are in an especially crucial position to foster each child’s creativity. In the day-to-day experiences in early child- hood settings, as young children actively explore their world, adults’ attitudes clearly transmit their feelings to the child. A child who meets with unques- tionable acceptance of her unique approach to the world will feel safe in expressing her creativity, whatever the activity or situation. (2009, 24) Early Elementary Children Moving & Learning encourages children to find their own ways of responding to challenges, to be individuals, and to imagine. When you meet their uniqueness with “unquestionable acceptance,” the chil- dren are thus better equipped, later in their lives, to imagine solutions to prob- lems they face, to feel empathy, and to plan futures that are full and satisfying. COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL