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The Creative Process of Learning: Julia Hainzer ’20 at Buen Dia Family School in San Francisco, California

I am interning at Buen Dia Family School in San Francisco, California. Buen Dia is a preschool that is primarily art-based with a Spanish language component. Their educational approach is more so about the process of learning rather than the final product. For example,what the children experienced while creating art is more valuable than the finished work itself. By putting less pressure on the child to make something in a specific order, and letting them figure out their own unique way, they are encouraging students to develop free thinking. The students at Buen Dia also learn Spanish while attending preschool. It not only teaches the children a valuable skill but also is more inclusive to other children who speak Spanish as their native tongue.

In the mornings, I spend an hour doing office work. During that time, I file receipts, create documents, sort books for the school’s library, and tidy up the area. After office work, I head out to the back yard and supervise the children until it is time for Cave;  the older kids’ quiet time. Two other teachers and I take them down to the lower level of the school and read them stories bef0re they settle down to rest for a bit. After Cave, I stay downstairs and put away the beds, sweep, and make sure everything is in order for later that day. I spend most of my time looking after the kids but I organizer the front room and the dress up room as well as clean the bathroom at the end of the day before I go home.

I like working at Buen Dia because I really love children and I am interested in the way they learn and experience life. I recently designed my own degree in pediatric art therapy and it feels like everyday, I find something valuable to keep in mind. I have a unique living situation at home where my two very young cousins are living with us. It was because of them that I decided to do art therapy and spend my second co-op at Buen Dia. They are both toddler age and I always wanted them to have some place even remotely similar to Buen Dia. I also hope to work at more places that are similar for my future career.


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At the moment, my field of study lies within fine arts and performance, but I am looking into getting credentials to be an art teacher/elementary teacher. I'm really interested in children's development and how artistic expression can be used as an outlet for many different things.

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