Raising Conscientious Children that are Open to Experience

A recent article, Two Personal Qualities More Vital To Success Than IQ That Most People Don’t Know, stated that: “being open to experience and conscientious is four times more important than intelligence in predicting academic success.” Conscientiousness and being open to experience are personality traits. They are part of the big five personality traits and if you’ve ever read anything about personality traits,Continue reading “Raising Conscientious Children that are Open to Experience”

Real World Preparation – Developing the Entrepreneurial Spirit

When I think about education for children, I think about preparing them for the world at large. One way to prepare them is to help them develop the entrepreneurial spirit because there is a lot they can learn from this experience, including but not limited to: how to set goals recognising opportunities financial literacy creativityContinue reading “Real World Preparation – Developing the Entrepreneurial Spirit”

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and How it Relates to Your Child’s Education

Our school runs a regular series of workshops for parents so we can better understand what programs and methodologies they employ. I have never been able to attend them in previous years because I was always busy when they had them. This year, I made it a point to make time for them and I amContinue reading “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and How it Relates to Your Child’s Education”

Raising Happiness – Are You Giving Happiness or Teaching Happiness to Your Child?

There is a post I wrote some time back about wanting to raise “happy, confident and successful” children. Since writing that post, a great many number of things have happened that have made me reconsider one aspect of that desire – the part about raising “happy” children. I haven’t changed my stance. Of course IContinue reading “Raising Happiness – Are You Giving Happiness or Teaching Happiness to Your Child?”

What’s the Problem with Our Children’s Problem Solving Skills

A report on CNN announced that a study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that 15 year olds in Asia are better problem solvers than in the US. Although Malaysia was included in the 44 countries that participated in the study, we did not make it into the top 25 countries forContinue reading “What’s the Problem with Our Children’s Problem Solving Skills”

The MindUP Curriculum

Goldie Hawn created an early childhood education curriculum?! Yes, she did. I chanced upon it when I was flipping through her book – 10 Mindful Minutes – at the bookstore. The only reason the book caught my eye is because I have been looking into the benefits of mindfulness meditation and discovering that there surprisingly numberContinue reading “The MindUP Curriculum”

Grit, Mental Toughness, and Sisu – the Qualities that Separate Excellence from Mediocrity

If you want your children to be successful in life, you need to help them develop grit. In an earlier post on this subject, we touched on some of the ways children can learn to be “gritty”: teaching them about the “growth mindset” giving them opportunities to face adversity But surely there’s got to beContinue reading “Grit, Mental Toughness, and Sisu – the Qualities that Separate Excellence from Mediocrity”

Tools of the Mind Preschool Curriculum

When we first heard about Tools of the Mind, the reports about the program for early childhood education were very positive and extremely encouraging. The concept of providing young children with mind tools that help them control their emotions and impulses made a lot of sense especially in an age that encourages the development ofContinue reading “Tools of the Mind Preschool Curriculum”

School Academics Enhance Crystalline Intelligence But Not Fluid Intelligence

If we agree that fluid intelligence is important for our children’s future success, then this article is going to be an eye-opener… To evaluate school quality, states require students to take standardized tests; in many cases, passing those tests is necessary to receive a high-school diploma. These high-stakes tests have also been shown to predictContinue reading “School Academics Enhance Crystalline Intelligence But Not Fluid Intelligence”

What Your Child Really Needs to be Successful in Life

What’s the real key to success? According to Angela Lee Duckworth, the answer is “grit”. Who is successful and why? In all her research, the answer kept coming back to one quality – grit. I started studying kids and adults in all kinds of super challenging settings, and in every study my question was, whoContinue reading “What Your Child Really Needs to be Successful in Life”