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Divergent Thinking with Preschoolers

Divergent thinking: a thought process or method used to generate creative ideas by exploring many possible solutions. Young kids do this naturally yet by the time they reach fourth grade creativity scores show a steep decline (source, source). So the question becomes: HOW do we harness children’s natural creative thinking abilities when they are young so that […]

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Divergent Thinking with Preschoolers

Divergent thinking: a thought process or method used to generate…
November 9, 2016/by Lina

Think Big [Book Review]

What do you do when your child says 'I'm bored'? If you're like…
October 21, 2016/by Lina

Makerspace 101 Guide

Have you heard of Makerspaces? They are certainly gaining…
October 12, 2016/by Lina

My Book of Ideas!

My 'Book of Ideas'! With all of the submissions of the Book…
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The 'Book of Ideas' Project gives kids an outlet for their…
January 5, 2016/by Lina

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August 20, 2013/by Lina

Video: Creativity and Education: Exploring Today’s Disconnect

http://vimeo.com/69842583 A documentary inspired by the Newsweek…
July 16, 2013/by Lina

Get out of their way!

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July 1, 2013/by Lina

Embrace the Shake

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrZTho_o_is "Embracing a limitation…
June 2, 2013/by Lina

Child-Led Solar System Exploration

I've been greatly influenced by both Montessori and Reggio Emilia…
May 8, 2013/by Lina

A Glimpse into the Future of Education: The Khan Academy

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Manifestos completely inspire me. Carefully thought through and…
October 9, 2012/by Lina

Giving Thanks

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October 8, 2012/by Lina

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Happy Valentine’s Day

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=XUTyugtAWDo I…
January 24, 2012/by Lina

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Ways to Stay Creative

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Day Dreaming and Free Play

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DIY – Personalized Towels

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