Wednesday Wisdom

As a teacher I’m not a big fan of homework. I know its a big, bold statement but I remember  all the times when my teachers gave me useless homework assignments. The job of the assignment was to keep me busy, not to get me thinking. The Weekly Thought this week had to do with [...]

Wednesday Wisdom

by Melissa on January 12, 2011

I can vividly remember my big brother and I asking our ma to read us Are You My Mother?  just one more time. It’s been 25 years since we moved from that townhouse on Killion Avenue, but it seems like yesterday that the three of us huddled on our parents’ bed as my ma read us [...]

Wednesday Wisdom | Childlike Play

by Queenie on December 29, 2010

“The point is to develop the childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition and to guide the child over to important fields for society. Such a school demands from the teacher that he be a kind of artist in his province.” ~Albert Einstein

When your kiddo is little, there’s nothing that they won’t talk to you about. I’ve seen many parents blush when confronted with frank questions from their little peanuts. Fast-forward ten years, and you’ll see the very same parent with the same kid (now a teenager), and they miss it. The same kids that made them [...]

Nations have recently been led to borrow billions for war; no nation has ever borrowed largely for education.  Probably, no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization.  We must make our choice; we cannot have both.  ~Abraham Flexner

I grew up without cable. And the local TV shows I watched were pretty limited (According to mom, Bart Simpson was too disrespectful, and Doogie Howser too racy). Maybe that’s one of the reasons I never really hopped on the pop-culture train. Which is pretty unusual for someone raised in LA. When I visit my [...]

Wednesday Wisdom

by Melissa on September 29, 2010

Good teachers and parents are kind of like good comedians. This is how you can sniff them out. Good teachers and parents: “. . . want you to listen and pay attention, because they want you to relate, because they want you to think, because they want you to get angry, because they want you [...]

Educators and architects preserve children’s freedom.-Amelia Gambetti. (Villetta School- Reggio Emilia, Italy)

Wednesday Wisdom – Bored?

by Megan on September 8, 2010

“If a child is bored, that means that they’re having some time to sit and think, ‘What can I do next,’ and that’s a valuable skill.” -Maureen O’Brien, Ph.D. child development specialist

“The very brain circuits that are activated during play are also activated during joyous, happy moments in our lives, and the more you exercise a brain circuit, the stronger it gets. So letting kids have a good time in play is one of the healthiest things you can do for them.” -Daniel Goldman, Ph.D. author [...]