Looking for new ways to engage your children this summer? Discover here how you can develop their interests and life skills by doing simple every day activities! Read more…
Education from a Deeper Perspective was a good tagline, I thought, when I grew old enough to understand Waldorf’s marketing scheme. They were trying to convince possible new parents that we look deeper into things than the public school system. It wasn’t until a few years ago when I realized that Waldorf actually did.
The Toronto Globe and Mail of Friday, Jan. 28, 2011 featured an article by Anne McIlroy titled Neuroscientists try to unlock the origins of creativity. In this article Anne poses the question “Does studying art and music make children more creative in math and problem solving? How do you train a young brain to make it more flexible?” Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity. If you have not seen Sir Ken’s 19 minute TED talk I would highly recommend that you do so. Robinson suggests that “creativity is as important as literacy in education” and I believe that creativity is one important characteristic that will enable our kids to be competitive in the global economy of the future.
The holidays are a time for family to gather around the hearth – which is a nice way of saying the kids are home from school for a few weeks and will likely be underfoot and seeking entertainment at a time when you have your hands full with shopping, wrapping, baking, decorating, and doing all the things that make the holidays special. Luckily, there are all kinds of craft projects that you can devise on your own (or find on the internet) to keep your kids from bouncing off the walls. This will not only leave you free to pursue other obligations (while their hands and minds are otherwise occupied), it could also be a great way for them to make personalized gifts that they can feel proud to send off to friends and relatives. Here are a few simple crafts for you and your kids to try out.