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16 Ways To Stir Your Child’s Creativity

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15 ways to stir your child's creativity

Children are born with innate creativity, so it doesn’t take much to encourage that crucial trait. Just a nudge here or there is plenty.

Here are some fun ways to stimulate the creativity in your child:

1. Paint one wall of your child’s room with chalkboard paint. Remind him to make frequent use of his new canvas.

2. Teach your child your favorite craft.  Use simple projects and large tools to make the learning experience enjoyable.

3. Introduce your child to the concept of the art journal. Explain that thoughts, emotions and ideas can be explored through both pictures and words.

4. Take reading for pleasure a step further. Encourage your child to create illustrations  or clay models of scenes from his favorite books.

5. Give art and craft supplies as holiday and birthday gifts. Something about an unbroken crayon, or a brand new pad of paper,  is irresistible.

6. Find out if your local community center offers weekend art classes for kids. One of my favorite memories is of my childhood ceramic classes where I was free to experiment to my heart’s content.

7. Allow your child some occasional downtime.  Creativity requires a vacuum to thrive.

8. Encourage your child to make some of his own toys.  One summer, while staying at my grandmother’s virtually toy-free home,  I spent every morning inventing my own card games.

9. Head to the library and borrow drawing, painting and crafting books for kids. Make sure your child has the basic supplies he needs, but then, leave him alone to experiment on his own.

10. Make innovation probable. The next time your child asks you to buy something for him, consider asking…what do we already own that we can use instead?

11. Have your child help to plan his own birthday.  Allow him to  decorate the cake, use stickers to dress-up the goody bags, and design his own centerpiece.

12. Introduce your child to the world of online collaboration.  Pictures can be submitted to the Global Children’s Art Gallery and learn about online writing opportunities at Kidpub.

13. Offer your older child frequent creative challenges. Prompt him to draw a happy day, use his Legos to build a park or help with designing projects to utilize empty boxes of tissues.

14. Cooking is always an opportunity for innovation.  Consult your child on what to garnish the salad with, which vegetables to add to the soup, and fun ways to shape the bread dough.

15. If your child dislikes using a pencil or scissors, help him to enjoy drawing programs. Microsoft Paint is easy to learn and fun for  a variety of ages.

16.  Most important, remember that creativity is supposed to be fun. If you find that you are critical or dissatisfied by your child’s efforts, do both yourselves a favor, and quickly walk away.

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10 Ways to Help Your ADHD Homeschooler

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Homeschooling is a wonderful option for an adhd child.  It allows the child to receive an individualized education at the hands of a devoted teacher.  And, it allows his special “issues” to be dealt with fairly and patiently.

Here are some tips for helping your adhd child thrive in the homeschool:

1) If you suspect adhd but have not yet had your child tested, go ahead and take the plunge. The faster you have your child diagnosed and treated, the better for you both.

2) If your doctor recommends medication, don’t drive yourself crazy questioning  his opinion.  If your doctor told you to get your child glasses, you would do it without researching every point-of-view on the subject.  Adhd medication should be treated the same way as glasses.

3) Chunk down assignment into small pieces.  Large assignments can be overwhelming for some children.

4) Allow extra time for completing assignments if your child needs it.  My son is great at math but it takes him more time than many other children.

5) Allow short, frequent rest breaks instead of one long one.  Our homeschooling schedule was an hour of work, followed by twenty minutes of break.

6) Make sure you are available to give you child plenty of reminders to stay on task.  ”Get back to work please,”  is all you need to say.

7) Please, NO lectures or punishments.  Children want to please their parents.  If your child could do better, he would do better.

8) Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t accomplish as much each day as the books say you should.  ADHD kids naturally work slower than other children.

9) Try alternative methods of learning.  Science doesn’t have to be always learned from a textbook.  For instance, participation is 4H, watching videos and doing experiments are also good ways to learn science.

10) If you feel yourself stressing out, join an adhd support group.  One or two visits to the group will quickly convince you that your situation is normal and okay.

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