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Dream Squashing in our Factory Model Education system

The current factory model school system may be a hampering your child’s creative growth. This won’t come surprising to many of you. You may be actively providing a balance to ensure your student does not experience the effects of ‘Dream Squashing’.

The North American school system is based on the Prussian Education academic method. The standards, structure and housing are defined by the term Factory model schools. Most do not provide a stimulating environment that enhances a child’s natural desire for exploration. The industrial design does not promote limitless learning. An innate love of learning becomes a stressful goal of meeting standardized scores.

The top down management, teacher pay structure and quality of the facility are some of the aspects to the cookie cutter template. Not surprising, the funding is performance based, and conforming to ‘acceptable’ thinking standards is rewarded. The imagination, and zest for discovery as a 5 year old enters school declines significantly over his academic career.

These changes had not been measured until NASA implemented this study. The results are discussed in the lecture given by George Land at TedxTucson.

Creativity declines with age. These are the results from the NASA based testing.

Test results amongst 5 year olds: 98%
Test results amongst 10 year olds: 30%
Test results amongst 15 year olds: 12%
Same test given to 280,000 adults: 2%

Interesting video from TedxTucson.

parenting in rewind…something to consider

As adults we can easily find our experienced and practical side as a first response to a child’s infinite imagination. From our experience we may already know if something is too heavy, un-affordable, or has failed before, but how harmful is it to jump on board your child’s innovative dream ship?

http://www.testmycreativity.com/

And yes…we have a link to the creative assessment so give it a try!! Let us know your results! It will be fun!

 

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Coding lessons for kids

Coding is best learned early. Learning to code is similar to learning a second language. Children that are exposed to fundamental topics like sequencing, loops, and conditionals, early on seem to have a deeper understanding of these concepts.  Coding is a fundamental skill that children need to learn to unleash their limitless learning potential.  Here are a few of the coding for kids sites that we have discovered.

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https://codecombat.com/            

For ages 5-17. Core levels are free.             Monthly subscription for additional levels.

https://studio.code.org/courses/                          

For ages 4-14. Free – no account needed.
At the end of each course, students are able to create interactive games or stories for sharing online.

https://scratch.mit.edu/ 

Scratch is free and developed by MIT.     
Although designed to be a stepping stone to more advanced programming languages, students have used Scratch to create animations for classroom projects in science and math.

https://www.tynker.com/                                                                                            
For ages 4-14. A sample of coding lessons is available at Tynker for free.   Access to the complete library and a private Minecraft server requires a monthly subscription.

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Expecting good things can be a lifechanger

You may find a familiar rhythm to this optimistic ballad. Could it be true that having a positive mindset can really change your health, reality, or future? In just the last year, hundreds of academic papers have been published studying the health effects of expecting good things to happen, which researchers call “dispositional optimism.” They’ve linked this positive outlook on life to everything from  decreased feelings of loneliness to increased pain tolerance.

 

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Your mind can create a positive reality

Your mind can create a positive reality. Have you ever noticed that your mindset can affect your entire day? When you are cheerful and optimistic challenges seem to be easily managed. The people around you seem to just be easier to get along with and sometimes friendlier.  At times it may seem that your optimistic outlook can even put a little perk in your step. This is because you have crafted your perception of the day, tasks, and goals to be positive and joyful. After all, our reality is formed by our own perception. Our mindset, and attitude creates our perception.

Have you ever been around a person that is always down, and never will see a positive light in any situation?  It is often difficult to engage with someone that has a negative mindset. Their energy can shed life dust that can be exhausting. Their perception that nothing is going to work, and everyone is against them is creating a reality that is just that, not working and against them.

On the other side of the coin when you find yourself sharing the energy of someone uplifting and positive, you find your mood has been lifted and once daunting tasks are now seamless. Again, it is their attitude forming a perception, and in turn a positive reality.

It seems difficult to imagine that our most happy, sad and emotional moments in life are simply nothing more than an illusion created in our minds.

Source: Use Your Mind To Change Reality: It Is Easier Than You Think | MessageToEagle.com

The Jetsons never even had it this good! Check it out! You know that one friend who is quiet but gets things done for you without you ever speaking up? Well, that is this little gadget. Alexa can provide the answers, but the new Amazon Dash Button will keep your life smooth and seamless, without even asking. Just push the Dash button! Click and check! Keeping life simple!!


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May you have peace inside

May you have eternal peace
May you trust you that you are exactly where you are supposed to be
May you not forget the endless possibilities born of faith.
May the gifts you have received be used with a grateful spirit
and may you radiate the love that is delivered to you;
You can be comforted knowing you are a child of God
May this presence settle into your bones and allow your soul freedom to sing, dance, praise, and love.

“Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

“Top 15 Things Money Can’t Buy
Time. Happiness. Inner Peace. Integrity. Love. Character. Manners. Health. Respect. Morals. Trust. Patience. Class. Common sense. Dignity.”
― Roy T. BennettThe Light in the Heart

“I am content; that is a blessing greater than riches; and he to whom that is given need ask no more.”
― Henry Fielding

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