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kids-in-school-8-22-12School Can Be Boring

Leaning can be dreadful for some children, especially when creativity is suppressed within them. Though reading and writing are great skills to have because they engage the imagination, these are still strictly abstract ways of learning and mainly focussed on left brain logical thinking. For children to learn properly, both sides of the brain must be engaged, especially the right side, the creative expression. However, what I find is that the methods being used in schools are outdated and frankly, insult the intelligence of children, by boring or aggravating them.  I have seen this with my own child and with other children. As Ken Robinson states in his books and excellent TED talks, creativity is the key to motivating and engaging children.  Leaving out the artistic expression, or keeping it tightly controlled within art (or drama) classes; which are few and non-mandatory in most schools, keeps children in a frustrated mindset, and I would add, creates a painful experience for them. At a young age, children are quickly weaned out of playing with pots and pans, dolls, blocks to working exclusively with paper and pencils. By grade one and two they are forced to sit in classes facing the back of each other’s heads, thus breaking social interactions and imposing a strict focus on the teacher.  It is no surprise that teachers feel frustrated because they can’t keep kids quiet or seated. Many teachers are now realizing the circle format is much more engaging and a more humane way of setting up a classroom. Using games and social interactions, and incorporating artistic tools in every class keeps kids more motivated and focussed. This too could be the mentality of parents when helping their kids with school work.  Often parents repeat the methods used in schools, further stressing out their kids.children Academic success should be secondary to personal success. Ensuring kids grow up healthy and mentally strong means engaging them in stimulating and creative learning activities.

4 Tips to Foster a Love of Learning in Your Child

Posted by on Sep 2, 2017 in Learning, Parenting | Comments Off on 4 Tips to Foster a Love of Learning in Your Child

Family reading together

Family reading together

Many parents are concerned about getting their children to do homework, reading and writing and in general, enjoy school. Here are some tips you may want to use to foster a love of learning in your child (or teen). (more…)

Let’s Stop Bullying Our Children

Posted by on Oct 2, 2016 in Curbing Aggression, Parenting | Comments Off on Let’s Stop Bullying Our Children

bullying pic Bullying is a real concern and increasingly a problem that most schools are addressing albeit, some more effectively than others. Bullying is affecting all levels of education, from public to private schools, from kindergarten to high school. Children or youth who are bullied say it’s because they are overweight, underweight, are short, or are extremely shy, a large percentage claim it’s because they are gay or lesbian or are perceived to be. Suicide rates among teens and even younger children are on the rise, much of the cause can be attributed to bullying related to the fear of homosexuality or simply, homophobia. (more…)