WHO WE ARE
Hi! I'm Casey.
I started Whimsikids a few years ago out of the desire to create a safe space for kiddos of all backgrounds and abilities to be able to create & experiment with materials that are readily available to them. The goal was to make crafting more available to all kids so that it wasn't just a privilege. I firmly believe that it's our God-given right to create! After all, it has been proven over and over that the act of creating releases the "feel good" endorphins in our brains, causing less stress and more happiness!
I've been on a soul-searching (& intensely researched) journey to find exactly what Whimsikids was created to be & have un-doubtedly landed on the Reggio Emilia approach. Without getting into the technical side of things, it's a student-centered teaching style based on experiential learning through touching, listening, & observing. It's all about the process of creating art instead of the end product. WAIT! This doesn't mean that there aren't gorgeous products that come from this kind of crafting- quite the contrary. Kids think of things in ways that we as adults may have never thought of. They're minds are naturally creative. You know this.
We are taught from a young age to stay inside the box; but what if there's a better way?!
I really hope you'll join us this upcoming summer for some of our art workshops & sensory play dates. It will be a wonderful time for our kiddos to experiment & grow.
BENEFITS OF PROCESS ART
+ Cognitive Skills: project planning & problem solving (critical thinking)
+ Enhances & encourages imagination & creativity
+ Strengthens fine & gross motor skills: learning new techniques and methods of how to use art supplies & materials
+ Social Skills: teamwork & language development
+ Stress-free: there is no right or wrong way to do process-art.
+Confidence Boosting: choice making, the product is a unique one-of-a-kind masterpiece!