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.