What is it about slipping on a brand new pair of shoes or a fancy new dress? Now compare that feeling to putting on your favorite pair of jeans or tennie-runners? The first day of school is a mix of both as we integrate the excitement of the new with the comforts of the old. This year is a perfect balance. To those of you who are new to KIDSPACE . . . welcome! To those of you who are our long-time cherished families . . . thank you for sharing another year with us.
Sometimes we adults forget how important work is for children. Even worse, we forget they are capable of work, real work, and if given a chance they enjoy it and take satisfaction from it. In an effort to keep our lives uncomplicated and keep our children happy, we often rob them of the lessons learned from a job well done.
PROBLEM SOLVING . . . it sounds like math homework. In this instance, it’s a lot more important than finding a solution to an addition equation. We’re discussing techniques to bring a solution to an issue that is running interference between two or more people. More specifically, problem solving is a simple strategy children can learn and use to find solutions to the daily problems they encounter as they go about their business of being children while growing into responsible, happy adults. When children implement problem solving skills with the peers and adults in their lives they are equipping themselves with techniques which will benefit them throughout every dimension of their present and future lives. It is our responsibility, as adults, to teach and model problem solving skills to children. It is definitely an investment in time, but the ROI (return on investment) is off the charts. Start investing now!
The theme this week at KAMP KIDSPACE was “KIDSPACE has talent.” The children proved it to be very true today when they put on their very own talent show.
We received an e-mail last week-end from our web designer and this is an exact quote from him,