10 Ways to Ruin Your Child’s Imagination

51vxC4GMUjL._AA160_Anthony Esolen’s thesis is that the way we raise, care for and educate our children, is increasingly destroying the imaginations and creative capacities of our children. He writes well, as you’d expect being an English professor, and draws heavily on the writers of classical and modern literature to reinforce his point. See his ten ways here.

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April is National Poetry Month

Here is a poem from one of my favorite poets, William Stafford ….

Ask Me

Some time when the river is ice ask me

mistakes I have made. Ask me whether

what I have done is my life. Others

have come in their slow way

into my thought, and some have tried to help

or to hurt: ask me what difference

their strongest love or hate has made.

I will listen to what you say.

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Toddler’s Incredible Performance Of Billy Collins Poem Is The Perfect Way To Celebrate National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month and this is more than incredible.

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G.K. Chesterton and the Use of the Imagination

Chesterton says that imagination is the most essential element in education, and it is the most important product of education.

People who neglect their powers of imagination become both passive and restless. They rely on something else to entertain them, something else to occupy their minds. They are unable to do it themselves. Chesterton says that a society that pays others to dance for them is in a state of decadence. Soon we are paying others to think for us.

Read more here.

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Edith Schaeffer round-up

More on the impact of Edith Schaeffer.

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Children should be allowed to get bored, expert says

Children should be allowed to get bored so they can develop their innate ability to be creative, an education expert says.

Dr Teresa Belton told the BBC cultural expectations that children should be constantly active could hamper the development of their imagination. Read the story here.

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Easing Brain Fatigue With a Walk in the Park

Scientists have known for some time that the human brain’s ability to stay calm and focused is limited and can be overwhelmed by the constant noise and hectic, jangling demands of city living, sometimes resulting in a condition informally known as brain fatigue.

But an innovative new study from Scotland suggests that you can ease brain fatigue simply by strolling through a leafy park.

 Previous studies have found that people who live near trees and parks have lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, in their saliva than those who live primarily amid concrete, and that children with attention deficits tend to concentrate and perform better on cognitive tests after walking through parks or arboretums.

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9 Things You Should Know About Edith Schaeffer

Edith Schaeffer, co-founder of L’Abri Fellowship and widow of theologian-philosopher Francis Schaeffer, died on Friday at age 98. Here are 9 things you should know about Mrs. Schaeffer.

Edith wrote or co-wrote 20 books. Marlene recommends The Hidden Art of Homemaking: Creative Ideas for Enriching Everyday Life 

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Turning Children on to Reading

Most parents want their kids to read…But most kids don’t read.  And most parents don’t seem to know how to get them to read. Here’s homeschooling father, James Emery White on how to turn children on to reading.

My wife was an elementary education major in college, and chose to homeschool each of our four children through to the eighth grade.  While we partnered on this, my part was, to say the least, secondary.  My wife guided each of our four children to an education that served them admirably throughout high school and college, and the heart of her curriculum was always reading.  Homeschooling is a challenging and arduous task.  When nothing went as planned, math assignments left uncompleted, science projects remained undone, Susan would wearily collapse into a chair at the end of the day and say, “Well, at least they read.  If I can just get them to read, everything else will fall into place.”  And she was right.  It would, and it did.

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National Family Literacy Month

November is National Family Literacy Month in the United States. In Canada, we celebrate a Family Literacy Day on January 27th. Why not a month? Whose in charge of this, Mr. Harper? (I should note that Manitoba celebrates ‘I love to Read Month’ in February. Way to go, Manitoba!)

Here’s an interesting article on Time to Bring Back Reading as a Family

For many of us self-professed book geeks, nothing beats curling up with a book and exploring the wild, infinite confines of worlds both real and imagined. And for many of us, that love for the written word started in childhood, in the stories our parents would read to us, long before studies and statistics proved it to be so valuable. Sadly, it seems that with the complications of modern life, reading as a family is giving way to a culture of over-busy, hyper-connected non-readers.

This November, the celebration of National Family Literacy Month brings about a great opportunity for everyone to get back into the beautiful tradition of reading as a family.

As many of you know, we have 6 children, now 31, 29, 26, 20, 17, and 15. I can remember reading aloud to some or all of them many books including The Chronicles of Narnia, Betsy-Tacy books and The Lord of the Ring. As a couple,  we have read many books aloud together. What a wonderful experience reading out loud is! and beneficial too!

“A good book can teach you and your children about things beyond your daily horizons and can create characters so vivid you feel as if you know them. By modeling good reading habits, you can show the importance and value of strong reading skills.” Juana Plazola

“Just as healthy food is essential to your body, regular reading with your children is the key to a good education and a better life. For my family, reading is an integral part of our daily routine and its benefits are best illustrated in my twin girls’ good grades and love of learning. ” Atim Idika

Let’s start a Canadian National Family Literacy Month!

 

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