PAL Workshop: Redefining Free Time


On February 28, BCIS held a Parents as Learners (PAL) Workshop titled, “Redefining Free Time.” The session was led by Elementary School Teacher Librarian Sally Richmond and Secondary School Teacher Librarian Megan Eddington. This workshop was a great opportunity for attendees to learn more about the importance of children having free time. Please read on for some words about the workshop from the librarians themselves:

“Is free time a waste of time? In this workshop, we will explore this question and look at ways in which we can foster and develop children’s creativity and innovation through free time. There is much debate about the effects of homework and after school classes, such as extra academic and structured activities. In this new age, creativity and innovation are seen as fundamental for the future of all students. It’s often difficult to separate our own educational experiences from the expectations of our own children. This workshop will challenge this and explore how we can change the way learning is perceived at home.”

Please click on the link below to see a PDF of the information discussed at the presentation.



In addition, please click on the the links below for further ideas and inspiration to make your child(ren)’s free time truly invaluable.

Inspiring Creativity and Innovation

7 ways to foster creativity in your kids

Thrive in 2025

Developing Young Children’s Creativity

6 ways to inspire the teen brain

Playtime Isn’t Just for Preschoolers—Teenagers Need It, Too

Childhood 101  (there are many great articles on here, so it is worth looking around the site)

Home Atmosphere

Creativity in small places

Creating art spaces for kids

Organise a self service creativity zone

How to: Creative Art Spaces

The Importance of Creative Spaces for Kids

Video Links

Ken Robinson

John Spencer

Neil Degrasse Tyson



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