Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Heal the Child Workshop

This workshop may be of interest to you. It is open to all. The information was sent to me by Amy Cherry, who is a Brain Gym practitioner with an organization called Learning through Movement.

To those who have children's best interest at heart. International presenter, Jon Bredal will be in Hastings, Michigan, March 13th and 14th , presenting his Heal the Child Program. Jon has been achieving outstanding results with children for over 20 years. He has worked with pioneers in the field of integrative movement, child development, kinesiology, and natural family systems healing.

Each one of us knows a child with ADD/ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Sensory, Speech Difficulties and other learning challenges. This is an opportunity to learn specific, step-by-step processes that get to the core of the challenges these children face. There are no prerequisites for the class and it is encouraged for parents, grandparents, teachers, OT's,PT's, counselors and anyone who has the interest to assist children in their full development and growth.

For more information and registration contact: Amy Cherry, M.S.Ed., 269-945-4568

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Creativity and Education

Please try to find fifteen minutes to watch Sir Ken Robinson's speech on the TED talks site (really wonderful mini-lectures on all kinds of subjects, for those of you who haven't discovered it yet). He discusses the need to foster children's innate creativity, and what that means. You can find it here.

It is a very timely reminder to all of us that intelligence is not only cerebral, that creativity springs from multiple kinds of intelligence, and that a creative approach to life and learning is essential for our society in these times of rapid change. Being locked into an educational system where mistakes are unacceptable, test scores are the measure of success, and students are directed down a narrow path with predefined required outcomes, ultimately destroys our chance of achieving excellence. It's a great speech, and also highly entertaining.