Stories of Discovery

Planting Seeds for the Future- Part 3

Categories: Faculty insight, Learning through discovery, Student life, Uncategorized
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Date posted: November 1, 2013

In part 1 & 2 teaching empathy and role modelling were covered.  See below for connecting children to society abd the environment.

Elementary aged children have an innate desire to make connections and to find their place in society and the environment so it is the perfect time to find ways of integrating them into your local community, giving them time to learn to appreciate and spend time in nature, and finding ways as a family to help with local issues.  Many parents hesitate to talk about difficult issues with young children but shielding children from the problems in the world creates passive bystanders later on.  Discuss local and global concerns in an age-appropriate manner as a family and consider ways that you could use your assets to help.  Help children focus on their strengths and find ways to use them to help.  Happiness and inner peace comes when you are doing what you love and using it to help.  Children should be given opportunities to feel like they can make a difference, no matter how small, early on. Start with finding ways to use their strengths and interests to help around the house and as they show interest, help them to plan ways to help outside the home.  Young people crave responsibility and thrive when seeing how their actions can make a difference.  Each child has something unique to offer the world and it is our job as parents and educators to help nurture their gifts and help them find ways of using them to make a difference.

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