PAL Workshop: Redefining Free Time

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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.

Redefining_Free_Time_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
http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/raising_happiness/post/7_ways_to_foster_creativity_in_your_kids

Thrive in 2025
http://www.parents.com/kids/development/thrive-in-2025/

Developing Young Children’s Creativity
https://www.nfer.ac.uk/publications/55502/55502.pdf

6 ways to inspire the teen brain
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/make-your-brain-smarter/201308/parents-teachers-6-ways-inspire-the-teen-brain

Playtime Isn’t Just for Preschoolers—Teenagers Need It, Too
http://time.com/3726098/learning-through-play-teenagers-education/

Childhood 101  (there are many great articles on here, so it is worth looking around the site)
http://childhood101.com/?s=creativity

Home Atmosphere

Creativity in small places
https://mysmallpotatoes.com/2012/05/30/an-educators-guide-to-creating-learning-spaces-in-small-places/

Creating art spaces for kids
http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/creative-art-spaces-for-kids/

Organise a self service creativity zone
http://tinkerlab.com/organize-a-self-serve-creative-zone/

How to: Creative Art Spaces
http://craftwhack.com/how-to-creative-kid-art-spaces-2/

The Importance of Creative Spaces for Kids
http://lifeasahuman.com/2012/arts-culture/creativity/the-importance-of-creative-spaces-for-kids/

Video Links

Ken Robinson
http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity
http://www.ted.com/talks/sir_ken_robinson_bring_on_the_revolution

John Spencer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7LFPSkhE8s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IZJGNnyImI

Neil Degrasse Tyson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8qay62uusg&t=2s

 

 

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