Encouraging Creativity in Children

Peter Carnavas, an Australian author and illustrator of children’s books, came to our school and gave us a very insightful talk on encouraging children’s creativity. These are some of the highlights from his talk. The Dot by Peter Reynolds The Dot is a terrific book about the journey of self-discovery that we can all identify with. WhenContinue reading “Encouraging Creativity in Children”

How Can We Ignite Creativity in Education?

creativity (noun) the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work. synonyms: inventiveness, imagination, innovation, innovativeness, originality, individuality; artistry, inspiration, vision; enterprise, initiative, resourcefulness What is creativity? It is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. Creativity is characterised by the ability to perceive the worldContinue reading “How Can We Ignite Creativity in Education?”

Educating Children for an Unknown Future

There is a really interesting article I read recently by Mitchel Resnick promoting the idea that education should be one Lifelong Kindergarten. The logic for his argument goes like this… Education Must Change to Prepare Children for an Unpredictable Future The world is changing so rapidly that we cannot possibly imagine what it will be like when ourContinue reading “Educating Children for an Unknown Future”

The Targimals and the Endless Night

Creativity is the most important quality we can have, and it is important to nurture it in our children. So we backed a Kickstarter project – Forge of Honor – as part of our ongoing effort to cultivate their creativity through imaginative play. The boys and I recently came up with a story for the Targimals called The Targimals and theContinue reading “The Targimals and the Endless Night”

Brain Entrainment: Hemi-Sync – Binaural Beats Sound Patterns

After reading all the positive benefits of meditation, I started looking to music for meditation and came across this… Binaural Beats Binaural beats are auditory processing artifacts, or apparent sounds, caused by specific physical stimuli. This effect was discovered in 1839 by Heinrich Wilhelm Dove and earned greater public awareness in the late 20th centuryContinue reading “Brain Entrainment: Hemi-Sync – Binaural Beats Sound Patterns”

Why Your Brain Needs a Break

A long time ago, I wrote about the value of doing nothing. Although it was written for parents about their children, it is equally pertinent for adults to get “down time” as well. Down time is important for a number of reasons, especially when we are learning, being creative, and consolidating our memories. The Brain Needs aContinue reading “Why Your Brain Needs a Break”

ADHD and Creativity Go Hand in Hand?

I have had strong concerns for some time now that ADHD is being over-diagnosed and that we are too quick to medicate children whom we believe have this condition. Before we rush off to treat the ADHD child, let’s consider a few points: A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (oneContinue reading “ADHD and Creativity Go Hand in Hand?”

Debunking the Myth About the Creative Process

There is a very interesting article I read recently called “The Creativity Myth” – Creativity is not what we think it is. I heartily encourage you to read the article in its entirety but if you don’t have the time, here’s the gist of it (with some extrapolation of  my own)… We have a romantic idea aboutContinue reading “Debunking the Myth About the Creative Process”

Brain Scans Show How Learning a Musical Instrument Enhances Our Brains

We know that learning music is good for the brain. Learning a musical instrument is even better. We’ve covered these points many times in previous articles: 18 Reasons Why Your Child Should Learn to Play the Piano Why You Should Send Your Child for Music Lessons The Benefits of Learning a Musical Instrument Learning a Musical InstrumentContinue reading “Brain Scans Show How Learning a Musical Instrument Enhances Our Brains”