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WHERE LEARNING

AND THINKING MEET

THE CENTER OF

CRITICAL

& CREATIVE

THINKING

The ability to think critically and creatively is the foundation of learning in the classroom and beyond. It is our philosophy that children do not acquire knowledge without being engaged in thinking. At Central Creativity, we strive to be the place where thinking and learning meet. Through innovative programming and events for all ages, we are building a collaborative community of 21st century thinkers. We provide opportunities for student imaginations to soar as they are actively immersed in problem-solving and reasoning activities that provide enriching experiences in art, music, drama, craft, science, culinary arts, math, engineering, technology, reading, and writing.

WELCOME!

Imagine you have just entered an innovative learning space like no other.  From the moment you walk in, you are surrounded by a gallery of vibrant paintings, unique projects, and inventions adorning the halls and classrooms.  The sounds of laughter, excited voices, and music are heard throughout the building.  Strolling down the halls, you see active classrooms buzzing with students who are working on interdisciplinary projects or practicing for a group presentation.  One class is having an intense brainstorming session on topics for their next experiment.  In yet another classroom, you are hit by the aroma of cinnamon mixed with what you think might be a burning match.  You are suddenly hungry (and a little curious)!  This describes a typical day at Central Creativity. On any given day, students are learning and teachers are available to inspire and challenge students to stretch their thinking to new levels. 


Is it more important to think that you know, or to know that you think?

OUTSTANDING OPPORTUNITIES

FOR TEACHERS AND PARENTS.

WHAT IS CRITICAL THINKING?

Our educational philosophy places an emphasis on critical thinking. This is a way of thinking that does not involve rote memorization of facts or regurgitation of pre-taught information. Critical thinking is a methodology for evaluating, investigating, interpreting, analzying, and synthesizing information in such a way that it allows the student to be actively involved in his or her own learning. Through inquiry-based questioning and logical reasoning, students are able to make informed judgements and decisions. They understand metacognition, which is the ability to reflect upon one's thinking. As educators, we cannot possibly teach students all the information they will need in order to be successful in school and life. They will undoubtedly encounter complex problems and challenges that we cannot yet begin to imagine. We can, however, teach our students to think critically. In doing so, we are giving them the ability to become skilled problem solvers, divergent thinkers, independent learners, and well-prepared individuals who are ready to meet the demands of the 21st Century school and workplace.

WHAT IS CREATIVE THINKING?

Developing creative thinkers is one of the cornerstones of what we do. Creative thinking is NOT necessarily about being artistic. It is the ability to generate fresh ideas and initiate innovative solutions. It is about devising new answers to problems and meeting challenges with a different approach. As young children, all of us exhibiit the traits of the highly creative. We role-play, use our imaginations, take risks, and aren't afraid to make mistakes. As students grow older, they are typically placed in learning environments in which creative thinking is not nurtured. Our dedication to the process of creative thinking ensures that our students are capable of making those connections that seperate the truly innovative from the ordinary.

PROGRAMS & EVENTS

Weekly Classes

During our weekly classes, we engage all five senses in the learning process. On any given day, you might find a classroom full of students writing their own original play, while another group builds their first working robots. Whole brain learning engages students on a fundamental and captivating level. We offer multi-disciplinary classes for all grades K-12.

Walk-in Workshops

We offer “Walk-in Workshops” in a variety of creative disciplines.  Each workshop is a stand-alone event that is two hours long.  These workshops are held throughout the month on Fridays and Saturdays. Workshop topics and projects will vary.  Check our Calendar of Events for more information.

Homeschool Enrichment

Our Enrichment Program complements and enhances the learning that is taking place at home. Every learning group has different needs and challenges. Our programs are designed to provide flexible learning opportunities that meets these unique and demanding requirements.

Academic Tutoring

It is a fact that different people learn best utilizing different thinking strategies. We are brain-based instructors who understand that what helps one person grasp concepts may not be effective for another. Let us help you discover your potential and master those subject areas that you have struggled with in the past.

Field Trips

Teachers love that we are providing extraordinary educational opportunities that complement and enhance their regular classroom instruction.  Plus, we’ll plan all the activities and clean up the mess.  There will be activities and experiments set up throughout the building in a variety of content areas.  We will even provide post-visit lesson plans.      

BIrthday Parties

Celebrate your child’s birthday at Central Creativity and make it one they will never forget!  Planning the perfect party is a piece of cake when you let us do all the work.  Get the party started by selecting one of our custom birthday party themes from action-packed adventure to glamour and glitz. We will individualize the activities to be age-appropriate, engaging, and most of all FUN!!  

Summer Camp

Our summer camps challenge and inspire students while supporting a broad range of creative and artistic pursuits.  Each summer camp is one-week long and will provide opportunities for students to invent, build, design, collaborate, and become excited about learning.  With flexible scheduling options and offerings for multiple age groups in a wide array of interest areas, there is sure to be something for everyone.   

POWERED BY

THINKING MAPS®

What Are Thinking Maps®?

At their most basic form, Thinking Maps® are the visual representations of how our brains actually process information. Each of the eight Maps are directly tied to a specific and fundamental critical thinking process. These thinking processes are universal and never change, regardless of our age or occupation. Why is this important? Well, imagine if your child knew exactly what to do when he or she was defining in context (brainstorming), describing, comparing/contrasting, classifying, analyzing whole/part relationships, sequencing, exploring cause and effect, and making analogies. What if they could take all of the relevant information involved and organize it so that it was useful to them? Wouldn't that be a powerful cognitive advantage? We certainly think so! This is why we use Thinking Maps® in every class that we teach, regardless of grade level or content area. Our goal is to empower the minds of Mississippi's bright young learners so that they can become champions of critical and creative thought in our community and beyond. 


The Circle Map


The Flow Map

The Bubble Map


The Multi-Flow Map

The Double Bubble Map

The Brace Map

The Bridge Map


The Bridge Map

Thinking Maps® Change More Than Grades.

The Story of The Pass Christian School District


INQUIRY-BASED

LEARNING

Many schools have moved away from inquiry-based learning and have instead focused on increasing memorization of information and “teaching the test.”  At Central Creativity, we believe students learn best when they are allowed to have the freedom to try new things, make mistakes, and figure out solutions on their path to discovery.  We believe something amazing happens to students when they participate in classes where creative and critical thinking skills are infused into every aspect of the curriculum.  

MEANINGFUL

CONNECTIONS

Critical thinking, observation, experimentation, and strategic questions are at the heart of every subject. From preschool to graduate school, students must be able to make meaningful connections between what they learn and the real world.  By putting students at the center of the learning process, our classes allow students to expand their creative possibilities. Students will focus and retain information because they will be involved in meaningful multi-sensory learning and problem-solving.  We create experiences where students can stretch their understanding by being in control of their own learning.