Friday Faves: 3rd of March Friday Faves
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How to practice effectively… for just about anything.

I wish my kids went to a school like this.

Your kid(s) need to be creative- here’s why, and how.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”how to practice effectively… for just about anything” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left|color:%23ce879f” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]We have recently finished Grit by Angela Lee Duckworth and are also in the middle of a big piece on how we can teach kids to have more grit and resilience.

In the book, the second pillar of learning grit is practice- not just any old practice, however, but deliberate practice.

So how do you do that?

This wonderful video gives you some great tips on just how to do that as well as explaining exactly what happens to your mind and body when you deliberately practice.

It’s a fascinating watch and we would recommend that you sit down and watch it with your kids![/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]JTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjI1NjAlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjIzMTUlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnd3dy55b3V0dWJlLmNvbSUyRmVtYmVkJTJGZjJPNm1Ra0ZpaXclMjIlMjBmcmFtZWJvcmRlciUzRCUyMjAlMjIlMjBhbGxvd2Z1bGxzY3JlZW4lM0UlM0MlMkZpZnJhbWUlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”I wish that my kids went to a school like this (me too in fact)” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left|color:%23ce879f” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]It seems odd that we are still schooling our kids in the exact same way that we did over 100 years ago. Despite the huge changes in society and technology, the way that education is delivered remains the same- a teacher imparting knowledge of a subject to a classroom filled with kids.

Our research tells us that academic knowledge and ability will be less and less of an economic advantage for our kids, and yet this is the primary (almost exclusive) focus for our kids from age 5 onwards.

Below we have included 2 films that highlight how schools can be different and can help our kids develop the skills they need to be future-ready. In recognition of the fact that most of us don’t have the fortune of being able to access to this type of school, we will be releasing a series of articles and online workshops to help parents to teach their kids the skills that they will need.

You can register here to be the first to know about these.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_raw_html]JTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjI1NjAlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjIzMTUlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnd3dy55b3V0dWJlLmNvbSUyRmVtYmVkJTJGcVJKMWhnTjd1QVUlMjIlMjBmcmFtZWJvcmRlciUzRCUyMjAlMjIlMjBhbGxvd2Z1bGxzY3JlZW4lM0UlM0MlMkZpZnJhbWUlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_raw_html]JTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjI1NjAlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjIzMTUlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnd3dy55b3V0dWJlLmNvbSUyRmVtYmVkJTJGN0NWeVFZN01VTWMlMjIlMjBmcmFtZWJvcmRlciUzRCUyMjAlMjIlMjBhbGxvd2Z1bGxzY3JlZW4lM0UlM0MlMkZpZnJhbWUlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”your kid(s) needs to be creative- here’s why and how” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left|color:%23ce879f” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Will technology and automation provide a threat, or an opportunity for our kids and their chances of finding meaningful work as adults?

One thing that we can all agree upon (experts included) is that CREATIVITY will be, and is already becoming, an incredibly important skill for our little treasures to possess.

Below we list 6 activities you can do with your kids this weekend, to ignite that creative spark:

3d Print a Monster- MonsterMatic

We showed this to our kids and they loved it. This App manages to combine creativity with a sense of the what the future holds. 3d printing is set to become more commonplace- familiarisation with it today can be no bad thing!

Do… Absolutely Nothing

As you will see from our post here, there is nothing that fosters creativity more than boredom. Switch off/ hide devices, resist the inevitable moans, and let the kids come up with something to do- you’ll be surprised.

Creative Writing- Storybird

One such exercise that ticks both the creative and the imagination boxes is getting your kids to write a story. We have tried various methods to encourage our 9-year-old twins to do this and the best we have found is a really beautiful website called Storybird.

Kids can create visual stories using illustrations (commissioned from artists around the world) and couple them with collections of words designed to inspire budding young writers. It’s an interesting way to start a story (using images) and in our experience, it leads to some truly great work.

Parents create a library within Storybird in order to control who can read your child’s work. Creating a private library gives the option of inviting family and friends to keep up with the latest stories. If you choose to share publicly it’s available to all other users of the site.

Watch the TEDtalks Creative Spark playlist

Seven fantastic films that will inspire even the least creative person in the house. Find out where your creativity hides and learn the secrets of original thinkers.

Do some ART- the artful parent

Art is a great way to explore creativity and it helps kids to make sense of the world in a safe way. Art has also been shown to develop children’s mental, social and emotional skills. Creating art can also boost their ability to analyse and problem-solve and it gives them the freedom to experiment, to make mistakes and nurture new ways of thinking.

We love getting arty with the kids but sometimes it can be difficult to come up with ideas for things to do, which is why we love The Artful Parent. The site is packed with ideas and activities to do with kids from toddlers to teens. Some of our favourites have been the stained-glass activity, the DIY magic scratch paper and the brilliant combination man game.

Read before bedtime

We’ve started doing this of late, carving out just 15 minutes each night so the kids can read before bedtime. Reading is a fantastic way to increase creativity and spark imagination, there are a number of other benefits too, from reducing stress to improving concentration- you can read more about these benefits here.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]That’s it for this week, we hope that you have a great weekend.

Take care,

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P.S.

Our blog post header photo this week sums up where we are- we are working on a big project at the moment and coffee is a much-needed resource.

This picture was taken by Patrick Tommasso  @imPatrickT and can be found at Unsplash @unsplash – an amazing and free photo resource.

Also, we have no affiliation with any of the sites or products mentioned in the post today.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]