Subcategories of Respect for the Individual
Both of my children, now young adults, went to Seedlings. I loved the fact that there was no academic curriculum, that they spent all morning in creative play. I knew that between the upcoming twelve years of school and four of college (and, perhaps, grad school), they’d eventually get plenty of instruction in math, history, science, and, of course, reading. Others around me, however, were more alarmed, especially about the lack of formal reading instruction…
“Mommy, when will I born a baby?”
This is what my four-year-old son asked me from the backseat of the car yesterday.
The Waiting Game: Add it to the list of things I have learned at Sunflower Creative Arts.
The most important lesson that my son has taught me is the Waiting Game. For him, walking came at 16 months, talking came at 2.5 years, and he toilet “learned” at almost four. I felt all of the pressure when he did not hit the “developmental milestones” at the exact moment the doctor charts told me he should. I had to force myself to ignore the pressure and just… wait.
I was walking through the room headed off to do something important somewhere else, with no intention of stopping or even lingering to listen, but something about the intensity of their conversation drew my attention. As I stopped to listen to the three young girls chatting as they painted each others’ faces and arms, I thought that they were simply enjoying the beauty and wonder of creating living art. It turned out I was selling the situation and the learning experience very short…
Talking with children about physical pain can be especially difficult – but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, teaching children to understand and cope with common pain experiences (like skinned knees, unexpected tumbles or vaccination shots) can truly enhance their development. Here are some direct and simple ways to explore this topic with the children in your life.
We allow our children to feel their emotions, but do we do that with ourselves? Do we parents respect ourselves enough to accept and acknowledge our own feelings of sadness, anger, guilt and loneliness?
Kids have been playing with cardboard boxes since the beginning of disposable packaging– and rolling down hills since the invention of gravity. But, in today’s world, having the chance to do just that is a big deal.
A teacher shares a beautiful example of child-led, community-based learning (the kind we believe in at Sunflower!) in a more traditional classroom setting.
It’s always there– A tiny spark, and a space opens up. The idea bubbles, it gains momentum and cracks wide open.
How does learning to climb a tree or covering their faces with brightly colored paint impact the future life and workplace skills of our kids? In bigger ways than you might imagine.