Creative Minds

Join our beginner's mind class starting January 4th, 2016

The power of thinking differently

In this 8 week program the child will learn how to grow and use his/her inherent creativity to generate ideas, and make creative leaps and changes in his/her life. There is a concept known as 'beginner’s mind' which is said to be an attitude of openness, eagerness and lack of preconceptions, which is present in every child.

Here we will explore the 'beginner's mind' creative abilities of children at play and the connection to design thinkers and innovators. Children are open to exploration, discovery and experimentation. They learn about their world around them by pushing the limits, discovering what’s possible and what’s not.

Why / How and Why Not!!

Children are hard-wired to be creative, imaginative and innovative - abilities that often diminish along the way. Maybe we can better understand these inherent creative skills during play and learning, to help us encourage and support a new breed of innovative thinkers more prepared to solve future challenges of our world. The idea behind pushing the little minds to question and ponder and push their thinking caps to the next level, this will enhance their perspective of "out of the box" concept.

What is Black and White

Cow | Zebra Crossing | Orca | Eyeball | Moon in the Dark Sky | Newspaper !! and many many more ! What else could it be, put on your thinking caps and lets discover how we can push the outer limit of our creative abilities. Ohh and don’t forget Cavities :)

Workshop Details

The workshop will be based on getting the child to express creatively- they will be exposed to reasoning and the need for WHY / What and How . In the workshop we will work on a few experiments - but focus predominantly on "thinking outside the box" - think differently, unconventionally, and from a new perspective. I truly believe that one’s mind when pondered and if exposed in the right way, will truly be well utilized. This workshop will help children with creative problem-solving methods while having fun in the process. By tapping into creativity, and through encouraging imaginative paths to problem-solving, children will learn skills that provide them with the ability to solve problems -- great and small -- for a lifetime. While conventional thinking has an important place in a well-rounded education, students need to learn how to think creatively and productively.

While solving problems the child will be encouraged to think aloud to say whatever’s is on his/her mind. The will be encouraged to not hold back hunches, guesses, wild ideas, images, plans or goals and to speak as continuously as possible. The workshop will train them in:

· Trying to say something at least once every five seconds.

· Speak audibly, watch for the voice dropping as they become involved.

· Get into the pattern of saying what you’re thinking about now, not of thinking for a while and then describing your thoughts.

· Though the experiments the child will not be talking to the experimenter. Instead, they are to perform the task as if they are talking aloud to themselves.

· How to think divergently by providing open-ended problems that appeal to a wide range of interests.

· Learn how to identify challenges and to think creatively to solve those problems.

· They are free to express their ideas and suggestions without fear of criticism.

A typical 1 hour would be ( every class there will be a mix of things)

· 10 minutes – Breathing / Meditation – Clearing their mind / hearing to their heartbeat ( teaching them why that is so imp)

· 30 minutes - Either a project or work on expression of thought - will focus each week on a different topic ( if we take science - we could talk about neurons and how they interconnect - and how your mind governs your body. If we take inventions we will talk about how concepts came about. focused on nature - how evolution happened - we will germinate plants that they will take back home).

· We will be constantly talking about Why / What and How, creatively solving problems.

· 20 minutes - work on a vision board. End of 8 weeks they have a goal they can work toward on what they want to become / where they see themselves going. These are very interesting as ever month it can change with kids - it can guide / define them.

They will be given assignments to work over the week and bring back to the next class. These are just some of the things that they will work during the workshop - the main concept is the WHY /When / How - to ponder and question and push behind the boundaries. I am looking forward to working with your children and making them grow their potential and how great their minds work!.

Cost - $100 for 8 week session (1hr every week) Thursday 6:30-7:30 PM (6 - 8 yrs) Sunday 3:00 - 4:00 PM (8 - 12 yrs)