July 1, 2016
DISCOVERING CHILDREN’S HIDDEN TALENTS
Linda M. Penn
Are you a talent detective? Use your investigative skills and intuition to become aware of your children’s special talents. However, are our busy lifestyles hindering the discovery and nurturing of the kids’ creative talents?
I sure hope you and your kiddos have been able to put aside the tech devices long enough this summer (see my suggestions in June, 2016 Blog “Teacher/Parent Relaxing Activities for Summer Break”) so you could:
Savor the times you sit and just enjoy being together.
Have conversations with the childrens, REAL CONVERSATIONS, NOT TEXTING.
Leisurely draw, paint, make up stories, work puzzles, and other creative things with the kids.
Enjoy and study the shapes of the clouds, the nighttime skies.
Read for enjoyment – different genres of children’s books, magazines.
These relaxation activities do not come naturally to us in today’s world, as we
seem to be enticed by all the “noise” of our phones and computers. (Please check out Kenny Chesney’s latest video entitled “Noise,” particularly what happens at the end.)
So, if we are going to find and nurture our kids’ talents insuring they will develop into productive and creative citizens, we must make a determined effort to unleash the energy and excitement of creativity in our kids. (Look at the articles in the June 26, 2016 Courier-Journal, pg. 4H, “Creativity: The cornerstone of education,” by Donna Hargens, and “Approaching talent gap to fuel competition,” by Kent Oyler.)
In conclusion, my two biggest suggestions for discovering our kids’ hidden talents are to TALK WITH THEM, NOT AT THEM, AND TO LISTEN TO THEM. The talent detective in you will unlock those creative ideas for you and your children. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT HIDDEN TALENTS WILL BE EXPOSED THROUGH TALKING AND LISTENING TO OUR KIDS!!!!! Your comments are always welcome!
Come back the first week of August – Blog Title “Courage vs. Fear in the New School Year.”
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