Class Alien

Writing activities should be exciting and what could be more exciting than writing a journal about things that you have done together with an alien. Imagine how fun it would be to write about the day when you took an alien with you to after school activities, showed the alien what we eat for dinner …

Tinkering and Making!

“A flying machine inspired by dragonfly wings, caterpillar game and cuddly robots" Will an approach that relies on making, tinkering, question asking be used in the mainstream classroom? Rachelle Doorley says “When children are encouraged to solve problems on their own, they learn a great deal through the questions and hands-on-experiments that lead to a …

Fishing for Ideas

How to encourage children to use ideas they have fished up? Daily challenges and encounters with people who are supportive are vital ingredients when you go fishing for ideas. Yet many young children do not have problems with generating ideas if you provide them with the opportunity. But in order for children to continue to …

Empathy Toy

Empathy  requires vulnerability and some work on the part of the empathizer. Empathy means that a child can  inhabit a feeling with someone - he can imagine himself in someone's else' s position. This act is more of a feeling than a deliberate action. It is not the same as sympathy, which is feeling bad …

School, Reimagined

The first AltSchool opened in September in San Fransisco. It is a community of micro-schools and the aim is provide the students with personalized learning. Teachers use student's passions to create an education that focuses on the whole child - academically, socially and emotionally. The AltSchool is built upon the idea  that children are curious …

The Granny Cloud

“Grannies” Skyping with children in India and Colombia! The Internet is  transforming education. And The Granny Cloud - Sole (Self-Organised Learning Environments) - is one example of how technology can be used to improve the lives of children around the world. The e-mediators do not actually teach the children, instead they talk to the children …

Visual Thinking Strategies

Children will naturally explore what they find interesting. And they love looking and watching things. Yet children's sharp observation skills are rarely used in education, where abstract thinking without visual support is regarded as a valuable skill. Yet children can often observe and detect aspects and ideas in pictures that may be difficult in a …

Ways to Build a Word-Rich Life for Children Suffering from Dyslexia

Reading is harder and slower when you are suffering from dyslexia. So it is understandable that a child may avoid reading or read less. There is perhaps no better way to increase vocabulary than independent reading, something that may cause a child experiencing problems with reading some difficulties. Yet how a child gathers words may …

Attention Fitness

Attention fitness is necessary so that a child can finish reading a page. A focused mind is vital to be creative and problem solving requires patience. Yet attention fitness is seldom practiced or modelled to children. Fast ideas and suggestions may be valued but insights and understanding may take time to develop. Paying attention is …

Are you Childish?

Adora Svitak is an American girl filled with ideas. Listen to her talk about "What adults can learn from kids". She says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations". Adora has an online literary magazine filled with ideas about writing. Write With Adora. Photo: "Girl Blowing …

Book Review: Book Love: Help Your Child Grow From Reluctant to Enthusiastic Reader

Too Boring! Too Sitty! Children may be reluctant to read for lots of reasons. Some children think that books simply are boring, while others are movers who strongly dislike sitting still. Melissa Taylor’s book Book Love: Help Your Child Grow From Reluctant to Enthusiastic Reader provides creative and insightful tips on how you can learn about underlying …

Mind Maps

Mind maps are a popular way to help children represent, think, organise, and plan. It is often used as an aid to remember information and solving problems.Mind maps are not usually linked to idea mapping, but the technique can be used and explored in new and different ways.Mind maps can help a child to remember …