Friday, April 8, 2016

Taylor Swift said to do it! 😜

A few nights ago, I stumbled upon the IHeartRadio Music Awards,
an award show that recognizes the most popular artists and music over the past year as determined by the network's listeners.

When I heard Taylor Swift's acceptance speech for Album Of The Year, I knew I had to share it with you.
You can watch it here 👇 (fast forward to 1:10).

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She thanked her parents for telling her she was ‘different,’ ‘unique’ and ‘special.’
That she could do whatever she wanted with her life.   Then she encouraged parents to do the same with their children.  
 
Her speech reminded me of a passage from the book i’m currently reading, Originals
In this book about how nonconformists move the world, Author Adam Grant,  ‘addresses the challenge of improving the world around us, from the perspective of becoming a trailblazer; choosing to go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions.’
 
When we think about who will grow up to change the world, we usually think of child prodigies.  
Those children who ‘play Bach at four, breeze through calculus at six, and speak seven languages fluently by eight.’
 
But this group of child prodigies, very rarely go on to change the world.
Grant states that ‘although these children are rich in both talent and ambition, what holds them back is that they don’t learn to be original.  They conform to the codified rules of established games rather than inventing their own rules or their own games.’
 
It’s the creative, different, and unique who are making things happen.
Parenting.com’s article, Why Creative Education Is Important For Kids, says ‘our children’s future success- and the country's- depends on the creative education they receive.’  However, as a result of much time spent preparing children for testing, less time is spent cultivating creativity.  So, parenting.com provides tips and tricks for YOU to ‘crank up’ your child’s creativity and imaginative play, here.
 
At Preschool Readers, we love promoting cReATiViTy!
Yes, we have a structured curriculum, but we also have a Bag of Fun!  We encourage our students to decide what they want to play with and how they want to play with it.  Maybe they don’t want to use what we’ve brought over but instead want to ‘park’ their toy car on the correct sight word.  Or their doll wants to read the sight words in her baby doll voice.  We say, go for it!

(Bag of FUN 👇)


 
Happy reading,
Lisa Vodola



 

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