Creativity and the Brain:
In a Creative World, we build together and this article speaks to inner belief systems that need to be checked out in order to bring more creativity into our realities...
Earlyarts offers an excellent video/article regarding how crucial CREATIVITY is in brain development.
Our education system is beginning to wake to the importance of student-centered, whole -child learning where curiosity and creativity is our focus....
More about the importance of creating new neuro-pathways in education here:
Children and Creativity:
The students of "The Independent Project" speak about the transformation in learning and self confidence they experienced when they started their own creative school within their high school...
Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism in her 2010 TED talk. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.'
Another viewpoint from a 16 year old on how the current education system is not feeding her creative self:
This is an inspiring TED talk by Kiran Sethi (a trailblazer) proving that when children are given the opportunity to do the work and to be the change they want to see in the world---they do it. Kids Take Charge and Change the World.
This is a case study in Texas where they tripled recess time at an elementary school and saw HUGE impact on the children's learning:
Check out this amazing and creative approach to education this K-12 school 'Freedom to Learn: Unschooling' is taking on in Hull, GA where the students direct their own learning and produce huge projects with impact.
Conscious Creative Families:
Truth Theory has some great resources for parenting and teaching consciousness principles...
15 Things aware parents do differently:
As parents we can support our children by waking to our own evolution; by working to be present to them. This Soul Sunday interview with Dr. Shefali Tsabary, the author of "Conscious Parenting" and "The Awakened Family", is a beautiful introduction into how we can all encourage creative expression for our children:
Dr. Shefali Tsabary's website has so many amazing resources for parents/families. The videos of her Life Coaching with Oprah and multiple guest appearances offers insight into the importance of developing a relationship with our inner.
At Creative Expression for Children, LLC we are inspired by the work of Eckhart Tolle and his mission to teach humanity about the evolution to consciousness through being present to the moment. Check out his many discussions with leading experts on creativity...
http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/7952964?utm_hp_ref=eckhart-tolle (this one is specific to parents)
We are all on this planet together and it is in our human-ness that we thrive. It is our UNIQUE expression and our individual offerings that come together to make a whole. It is our creativity that leads us to our freedom and it is our freedom that we all come alive! This is the intended way...
Here are some articles supporting this coming together---always through the heart.
A message of truth taken from Jim Carey's commencement speech 2015:
Here are some inspiring and supportive resources showing the time is now to wake up to the crucial need for more creativity in our lives.
Creativity and School:
Supporting a Much Needed Re-write on the current public school system:
"No problem can be fixed at the level of the problem"
This article communicates the struggles kids in public schools face w/o having an opportunity for more awareness:
The Lego Foundation - speaking out about the importance of cultivating a generation of creative leaders...
See Sir Ken Robinson speaks about this phenomenon as he questions our current school system in one of the most popular TED talks ever released...
He continues in a more recent talk as well as innovated animated video describing the importance for a paradigm shift in education...
Vivian Gussin Paley taught preschool and kindergarten for 37 years, primarily at the University of Chicago’s acclaimed Laboratory Schools. She is the author of 13 books about young children. Paley has won numerous awards and honors, including a MacArthur Fellowship “genius grant.” She delivered the opening keynote address at NAEYC’s Annual Conference and Expo-Here is an article interviewing her prior to her speech is 2011.
MindShift examines how talent is navigated in the education system:
Creativity and the Body/Mind/Spirit:
The importance of Creative Opportunities for Body/Cell Growth:
NEW neuro-pathways (going beyond the programmed mind) can be done with creative expression:
Department of Education in the news for the benefits of mindfulness practices:
Why critical HOPE is a much needed resource for today's children:
The Tinkering School (founded by Gever Tulley) gives children an opportunity to dive into their innate building skills with actual tools and simply-create with ideas, plans, and/or imagination...This school is so successful it now has a waitlist and students are becoming lifelong creative problem solvers. The children (age 5 and up) are building bridges, roller coasters, and machines. These creative children will be building the world of tomorrow.
Life lessons through tinkering
Visual Thinkers Can Create/Write NEW ideas:
Science proves the power of our thoughts/creativity in determining our reality:
Brain Pickings has shared some insightful articles about how VITAL CREATIVITY is for our growth as humans and the planet:
Here is an article about psychological androgyny in creative movements- (so important for our kids as they are discovering who they are):
and, of course, art is HEALING...at any age...
The Mindunleashed (find them on FaceBook) has some wonderful resources for conscious awareness.
Some great tips on how to practice being the witness to your thoughts and staying conscious...
At CEfC we love to celebrate 'weirdness'. Here is an article explaining why that is so important:
Collective Evolution (find them on FaceBook) is a great resource in support of us all being the change we want to see in the world...
This is an article about how time may not be what we 'think' it is--
Resources for tapping into your inner child (the one with the creativity!):
Educate, Inspire, Change (educateinspirechange.org) is a fantastic site (built by a recent Father seeking a new experience for his child) that explores and shares new information/research proving that consciousness and right brain learning is the new frontier for the next generation...