How To Help Your Child Cope with School



Albert Einstein once said,

"It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education."


Curiosity, Creativity, Freedom, Self-esteem, Self-motivation,

Invention, Intuition, Passion … Joy!


These are all traits we'd rather our children KEEP and SUSTAIN.


SAD AT SCHOOL


6-year-old Frankie was a vibrant child who loved life. At home, his parents had set up learning corners and outdoor guarded play areas. Throughout the day, Frankie would draw and paint, help his mother with cooking or cleaning, write creative stories, sing, and dance to learning songs, spend quiet time with math workbooks or sit and read. Growing up in this environment, he was a happy, bright, beaming little boy.


One day, his mother e-mailed us. Frankie was unhappy. His grandparents had spent a lot of money on tuition at a private school and he did not like it. This once passionate, curious boy, who loved to experiment and play, was depressed. After a few months at school, he cried before leaving home each morning. His mother didn't know what to do. Frankie would describe how other children were humiliated by the teacher if they spoke out of turn. He was adapting to a highly scheduled day, and when he did like an activity, the teachers would pull him out of his project before he was ready to switch his focus. He had to sit still. He had to focus on a single whiteboard at the front of the room.


Frankie's mother had a poignant question. "How can a right-brain child stay in school without losing his spirit?"


Good question. How do right-brain children survive in left-brain schools? Let us begin by saying that there are a growing number of teachers--caring, enlightened teachers--who make a big difference for children who are lucky enough to be in their classrooms. But, the truth is that it is a challenge to keep the right-brain pathway alive and active as children grow older in left-brain educational systems--east or west.


Change must take place. And the time is now. ...


YOU HAVE CHOICES


If your child is in school and you feel like their spirit is unable to shine, then here are your options.


1. Talk to your child's teacher

This is not an easy option, but, it could make a world of difference. If you believe that creative learning is important, then talk to your child's teacher about your concerns. You might be surprised by the results.


2. Create a right-brain learning corner

If talking to your teacher doesn't yield results and you cannot change schools, then boost your child's right-brain creativity at home. You can create a right-brain learning corner for home "play" used for homework or continued learning of other subjects that he really likes. Use this learning corner to support and encourage your child each day.


3. Find a different school

If you can find another school that combines right-brain creativity and flexibility with left-brain academic standards - within your price range - then a change in your child's environment to one that is truly positive will uplift and inspire your child, and affect your whole family.


4. Homeschool

Homeschooling is only an option if you have the time and resources to do it. If you can, then time spent with your child can be highly rewarding and his right-brain genius can shine in a highly attentive environment.


With so many of our students returning to school soon, either online or in-person, we are sending you love and positive energy. May the new school year begin with joy, love and curiosity!