Want to Raise Successful Kids? Science Says Read to Them Like This (But Most Parents Don’t)

Read to children like this, and they'll have greater cognitive development -- and become more successful. Just about every parent I know wants to do whatever they can to ensure their kids live happy and successful lives. It's why we pack up and move to new neighborhoods, why we learn to praise our children in … Continue reading Want to Raise Successful Kids? Science Says Read to Them Like This (But Most Parents Don’t)

Resilience – A master skill for children

Helping our children to build resilience when they are faced with adversity is a key element of their development and mental health. Without a doubt, protecting children from unnecessary suffering is our responsibility as educators, caregivers and parents. Even though we wish we could avoid children pain and suffering, sometimes adversity is unavoidable, and it … Continue reading Resilience – A master skill for children

Teaching Stories

Teaching stories is a term used to describe narratives that have been deliberately created as vehicles for the transmission of wisdom. Our favorite Teaching Stories are those written by Idries Shah. We have found that children (and adults alike) truly love and enjoy these timeless stories and at the same time as we read, tell … Continue reading Teaching Stories

The Story of Mushkil Gusha

Theater presentation of the story of "Mushkil Gusha" by the Instituto de Investigação Para o Conhecimento e Desenvolvimento das Facultades Latentes do Ser Humano and Essential Kids in Santa Catarina, Brazil. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8Kd_etbub0 MUSHKIL GUSHA by Idries Shah in Caravan of Dreams When a number of people come together, and if these people are harmonized in … Continue reading The Story of Mushkil Gusha

8 digital life skills all children need – and a plan for teaching them

Project DQ identifies 8 digital life skills all children need – and proposes a plan for teaching them. Similar to IQ or EQ, an individual’s facility and command of digital media is a competence that can be measured. This is known as DQ: digital intelligence, which is a highly adaptive intelligence. They define Digital intelligence or “DQ” as a “the sum of social, emotional … Continue reading 8 digital life skills all children need – and a plan for teaching them

How We Learn

In his new book, “How We Learn: The Surprising Truth about When, Where, and Why It Happens,” author Benedict Carey informs us that “most of our instincts about learning are misplaced, incomplete, or flat wrong” and “rooted more in superstition than in science.” That’s a disconcerting message, and hard to believe at first. But it’s … Continue reading How We Learn