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How can we solve the world’s problems?

August 16, 2010

How can we solve the world’s problems? That’s the Trillion Dollar Question right now in all of our minds, especially for moms and dads. How will your child grow up in this world, and how will they contribute to the solutions of our financial and social problems?

AJ finds ways to play more than one instrument at a time.

In a recent Newsweek magazine, dated July 10, 2010, 1500 CEO’s “identified creativity as the No. 1 ‘leadership competency’ of the future.” Creativity and critical thinking, asking questions and presenting ideas in new ways are skills that are needed to solve the world’s problems. As some of my students know, I was just in South Asia in 2009.  The children there are wonderful, but they don’t think beyond what is there to what can be. Why? Simply because their religious system has suppressed their creativity. (For an extensive explanation of this read: Post-Hindu India by Kancha Ilaiah).

According to the Newsweek article, creativity in our country has been suppressed for the last 20 years. Art and music programs usually are the first things to go in a budget crisis, yet they are the very things we need to learn to think beyond reality to what could be.

At Kindermusik we help your child be creative by:

  • Asking open-ended questions: “Would you show me another way to play the sticks?”
  • Pretending:  “Let’s stretch our arms out wide like an octopus!”  or  “Let’s help mom clean house with our scarves. How else can we clean house?”
  • Strengthening neural connections through repeated movements and massage in the Village class.
  • Creating new neural connections through movement in new ways.
  • Having a child – centered classroom. Its not about paying attention to the teacher, its about see what the teacher is doing and trying it yourself.
  • Exploring new movements, instruments, and simple toys like balls, hoops, and scarves.
  • Sharing engaging stories that make the children want to ask questions.
  • Encouraging the making of instruments at home. This allows your child to find the sounds he or she likes and to make the instrument his or her own way.
  • Requesting the participation of parents: The more parents participate, the more the child learns and the more thechildretains!

Mommy helps me then I ring my own way!

From the mind, to the body, to reading, and parent participation, creativity is throughout Kindermusik, not to mention the creativity of the many musical styles experienced in class from all over the world.  A variety of tonal patterns and sounds actually helps your child’s brain to ‘tune in’ to new sounds, remember sounds he or she already knows, and helps him or her  to think up new sounds.

Therefore, even though the academic facts are important in education, there is so much more. One must take those facts and apply them, not just know them. Application takes higher order thinking skills and creativity.  All of these skills begin at the beginning of life, must be nurtured through out childhood, so that as adults your child will be able to contribute his or her own ideas to help solve the world’s problems!

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