Science is one of the greatest subjects for inspiring young minds to explore, test, play and ultimately create. And the way that children learn and scientific method have a lot more in common than most people might think.
There is only one me. There is only one you.
The words I say, the words I write belong to me; as do my desires, ambitions and talents, as do my shortcomings and frustrations. Your words, desires, ambitions, talents, shortcomings and frustrations, belong to you. …
When the identity of my body flickers and the last ember dies, I must answer only to myself. And when your lifetime is over, you must answer to none other than you.
Convincing people of the importance of an education in the arts can be a tough sell. In 2012, math and science are heralded above all else and the general public still tends to overlook the arts. When a school faces budget cuts – music, visual art and drama are typically the first to go.
The reality is that we are doing our children a great disservice by not immersing them in the arts. More and more studies are proving how children exposed to an arts curriculum demonstrate increased skills in critical thinking when compared to their peers.
Think about it. Why wouldn’t an arts education with its focus on creativity, produce young people capable of thinking outside the box? Artists are constantly pushed to explore unchartered territory. The truly great ones are those that produce new and exciting work that has never before been created.
One challenge in a virtual school or home school scenario is having enough fun books that are truly a pleasure for a child to read while also being educational.
Our family filled this need with the Who Is or Was …? Series. It’s a fantastic biography series that has got us totally hooked. We are all reading them! Most of the books have a different author but each is well-edited to ensure a smooth read for 3rd-5th Grade reading level.
This series is real people telling their real and interesting stories. It doesn’t get better than that.
Lucy is part of Generation Y, the generation born between the late 1970s and the mid 1990s. She’s also part of a yuppie culture that makes up a large portion of Gen Y.
Lucy’s kind of unhappy.
To get to the bottom of why, we need to define what makes someone happy or unhappy in the first place. It comes down to a simple formula:
Happiness = Reality – Expectations
It’s pretty straightforward — when the reality of someone’s life is better than they had expected, they’re happy. When reality turns out to be worse than the expectations, they’re unhappy.
“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.” Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, author of The Scientist Speculates
In our high tech society the ability to research is vital to success. Yet many schools never teach it and even when they do, they usually overlook the simplest and most primary undercut: something a child must be able to do before he can research.
What is it? Read on…
“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” — Plato
Frankly, I have never met a child who did not have one or more of the 24 genius traits. If these were not obviously present and actively being demonstrated, then each trait simply needed cultivation and an expressive outlet. For those parents with preschool aged children, the genius traits are similar, but harder to nail down. ….
No matter our personal education, religion, beliefs or creeds, we can probably all agree on this point:
With hordes of data and advertisements aimed at our children on a daily basis, CHILDREN MUST BE ABLE TO REASON (*to use logic to spot actual truth)
If they are to succeed in life, they have to know how to filter information – including yours. Steps to help teach them:
A wise mentor of mine told me, “We are here to make our kids smarter than our selves.”
It rang true. And I wanted to pass that on to you.
Frankly, it needs no further explanation, so feel free to stop reading now. There is nothing about it that needs to be expanded upon or explained. Don’t you love it when something is simple enough to understand and easy enough to remember? But for those of you wanting a more arduous, albeit humorous read with a real-life application story, read on.
“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.”
Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, author of The Scientist Speculates
In our high tech society the ability to research is vital to success. Yet many schools never teach it and even when they do, they usually overlook the simplest and most primary undercut: something a child must be able to do before he can research. What is it?
There is no such thing as an “allowance” in real life. Why should there be one as a kid? They do the dishes and they get a $1. They ask for something, I ask them how much money they have? They do not ask me for money anymore, they ask me what they can do to earn money for something they want. Isn’t that what we want our kids to do – EARN MONEY, not ask or beg for it?