Inspiring Education?

Violence, Sex, Drugs, Obscenities, all those things that fill movie theatres and overflow box office coffers, are they harming our children in real life, in schools?

Strangely, it was not the major consideration when I chose to homeschool my children. I believe children learn best when secure in a loving home environment, with a strong family bond. Schools, in response to much research, try to replicate this bond, calling it a sense of belonging, and include it in their curriculum. The best teachers create this family bond with their students. As a child, did you ever accidentally call your teacher “Mum?” I did once, and blushed.

School teachers like E. R. Braithwaite, Ron Clark and Erin Gruwell inspire me. Anne Sullivan who taught within Helen Keller’s home also inspired me. They didn’t give up on kids who battle daily with circumstances beyond their control. They came up with innovative, creative ways to transcend those circumstances.

Each to their own. I have great respect for the school teacher’s ability to maintain control over a crowd of thirty-odd children. It was hard for me to do that for half an hour with a classroom full of five year olds. I am not a school teacher who sets up a classroom at home. I am a parent, who sets up a home environment to cater for the voracious appetite for learning that children are born with.

What inspires you about your children’s education?

Chalk Bombing

 

 

Well, I’ve been at it again. We zoomed down to the city at the end of the day and after a good bit of climbing and swinging on the new rope playground, I set to work with a bunch of coloured chalks. It was great to notice that I was not the only ‘grown-up’ getting up to monkey business in the park. The rope playground is very cool, and shaped like a ship, with rigging. Great place to bring grandparents to stretch their legs and have a good work-out.

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My little triangle of colour.

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View of the harbour in the early evening.

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Close-up with the springy mat that goes under the ropes.

Photos courtesy of Shaquin.

There are a number of interesting spots that could be good for a Meetup outdoors, for chalk bombing, or colouring in, or even a musical get-together. Try http://www.meetup.com/Tauranga-Healthy-Creative-Minds-Meetup and register your interest, if you are in the area. Or setup a group locally!

Beach art fascinates me, and I found some amazing stuff on Pinterest, so if you’d like to take a look, just scroll down a bit through the art I like, and you’ll find a couple of 3D Chalk Artists, and also a tonne of beach sculptures, sand art, etc. http://www.pinterest.com/anaserat/art-i-like/

(Just joined up with Pinterest today – it’s great!)

Show me your chalk bombing pics! Or perhaps, chalk bombing poems?

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Related posts: http://wildersoul.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/a-z-vvvvvroooooom/

https://wildersoul3.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/colouring-in-footpaths-and-chalk/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJgGLaLvHNo

 

Inspiration and love of learning

When you look for something, it will eventually turn up. I am learning to write, and find inspiration in other bloggers posts, and comments. OM is my unofficial writing guru which I feel he would probably never acknowledge… and what I learn from him is probably unquantifiable, indescribable and I admit totally addictive.

Today I found my official writing teacher, and I am determined to follow his blog, and try out everything he has to offer. Fight to Write! I like Ace Baker’s passion for writing, which is greater than his desire for money. And I like how he overcame the negative effects of someone who ought not to have been called ‘teacher.’

Inspiring Young Poet

This girl is amazing.

Shine a light poets!

 

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Found it first on my Reader here: http://youthandeldersja.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/brilliant-south-african-11-year-old-poet/

More here: http://guyaneseonline.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/botlahle-winner-of-south-africas-talent-2012/