Creativity

What happens when we let external influences dim our inner light? Madrid based animators, Daniel Martinez Lara and Rafa Cano Mendez created this touching 8 minute short film that shows what happens when we let external influences dim our inner light. Copi is trying to teach his son, Paste, how to live and what is correct …

Can Children Really do Philosophy? – Plato not Playdoh

"Philosophy makes you confused, but that's good because confusion makes you curious." Love the ideas that 11-year-olds are expressing in a short film that is shown in this TED talk (it starts around 8 minutes into the talk, so do listen to this). Peter Worley is the president of President of SOPHIA, the European Foundation …

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 …

Children and Concepts

Exploring concepts should be an engaging activity. Often children are simply taught to memorise basic concepts that are descriptions of size (big/little) or show location (up/down). Children learn these types of concepts by listening to adults and older children, following commands and directions. Concepts are also often learnt by reading books. An active approach to …

Private Eye

The Private Eye is a hands-on approach to learning. The education program was developed by Kerry Ruef.  While thinking about metaphors of the mind, Kerry got inspiration for this approach to learning that build on student’s observation skills. “I glanced at my clay alligator on a shelf and there, next to it, was a jeweller’s …

Thinking Bubbles

Impossible Ideas Children’s views upon the world sometimes seem narrow. At other times, they suggest the most mind-blowing thing and shows signs of bold and brave thinking. It is important to remember that ideas are impossible until someone tries to do something. And actually manage to do it.   Stories for children such as Lewis …

Creative Mathematical Thinking

Mathematical Concepts Young children are imaginative and curious. Encouraging them to continue to be curious when they learn about mathematical concepts such as addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication, help them to grow in confidence. Mathematical understanding develops in everyday situations together with friends and family. Children’s drawings can help you gain insight into their thinking. Many …

Creative Resting

The first parent-teacher conference is always a bit scary. Has my child settled in? Is she enjoying school? Is she progressing well? Most parents try mentally prepare themselves and I was of course no exception. But hours of preparation could have prepared me for the first conference. Utterly stunned I stumbled out of the room. …