Curiosity

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Children start along the path of learning and of growth –
Their minds like sponges drinking in right from the time of birth.
Thirst for knowledge built within however small they be;
With age some of us soon forget our curiosity.

Question here and question there; they know they must enquire –
‘Tis “how?” and “why?” and “where?” and “when?” until the grownups tire.
This brings on discouragement for questions still arise;
They turn to others like themselves and peers may be unwise.

We answer questions when they’re asked unless we do not know;
Then seek the answer – concentrate – and let our interest show.
We tell the child we do not know – we, too, would like to be
Aware of how to look for things – together, we will see.

Children grow and grownups, too, will age like best of wine;
When curiosity lives on, our days with love, combine
To help them start along the path of learning and of growth –
The quest for life’s vicissitudes will quench their thirst for both.

–Doreen (Adams) Ellis

30 Ways To Promote Creativity in Your Classroom

You need to check out the link below. An amazing article which supports the need for FasTracKids’ programs for your children. In an ideal world, creativity should be fostered in EVERY classroom ALL THE TIME.
…but we all know it isn’t. The reasons are numerous and include:

1. The student:teacher ratio is too high (FasTracKids’ ratio is 8:1)
2. The curriculum has to be completed (FasTracKids has a curriculum BASED on creativity and communication)
3. Standardized testing is done, therefore teachers have to ‘teach to the test’ (Yes, this is a highly regrettable reality which will lead to a generation of children who are creatively challenged)
4. There’s no time. Teachers have to cover so much material, do so much preparation, they just don’t have time to allow for planning ideas to cultivate creativity.

These are a few reasons which come to mind. Every teacher can come up with many more. Because of these realities, parents should not depend on schools to instill creativity in their children, they need to look elsewhere. This is one of the reasons why FasTracKids programs were developed and why they are becoming globally recognized and are currently operating in more than 48 countries.

Read the article, though! You might be inspired! If you can accomplish these strategies in your classroom, you are doing very well!

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http://www.innovationexcellence.com/blog/2013/01/10/30-ways-to-promote-creativity-in-your-classroom/