Want to be a great parent? Let your children be bored

From books, arts and sports classes to iPads and television, many parents do everything in their power to entertain and educate their children. But what would happen if children were just left to be bored from time to time? How would it affect their development?

I began to think about boredom and children when I was researching the influence of television on children’s storytelling in the 1990s. Surprised at the lack of imagination in many of the hundreds of stories I read by ten to 12 year-old children in five different Norfolk schools, I wondered if this might partly be an effect of TV viewing. Findings of earlier research had revealed that television does indeed reduce children’s imaginative capacities.

For instance, a large scale study carried out in Canada in the 1980s as television was gradually being extended across the country, compared children in three communities – one which had four TV channels, one with one channel and one with none. The researchers studied these communities on two occasions, just before one of the towns obtained television for the first time, and again two years later. The children in the no-TV town scored significantly higher than the others on divergent thinking skills, a measure of imaginativeness. This was until they, too, got TV – when their skills dropped to the same level as that of the other children.

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Forget Talent: Why Practice is Key to Most Prodigies’ Success

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In the age-old fight between hard work and talent, researcher Anders Ericsson says it’s no contest. Practice wins the day.

Please read here an interesting article about practice and talent: http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2016/06/01/forget-talent-why-practice-is-key-to-most-prodigies-success/

Upcoming Primary Events

October 1, 2018:
Gandhi’s birthday.  No school.  No daycare.

October 13, 2018:
Open house at Foxworthy campus 10 am – noon

October 16, 2018:
Parent Information Meeting at Foxworthy campus.  Topic: Practical Life and Independence

October 17, 2018:
Parent Information Meeting at Leigh campus.  Topic: Practical Life and Independence

October 19, 2018:
United Nations Day celebration at Foxworthy campus.  Minimum day.  School ends at noon.  No daycare.

October 22, 2018:
Parent-teacher conferences for new students.  No school.  Daycare for full day students only.

October 23, 2018:
Primary 3 picture day

October 24, 2018:
Primary 4 picture day

October 25, 2018:
Primary 1 picture day

October 31, 2018:
Halloween celebration

Upcoming Elementary Events

September 4, 2018:
Elementary Parent Orientation Meeting, E1 – 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm, E2 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

September 5, 2018:
First Day of School

September 21, 2018:
International Day of Peace

September 25, 2018:
E2 Field Trip to Levi Stadium

October 1, 2018:
Gandhi’s Birthday, School and Daycare closed

October 9, 2018:
Elementary Photo Day

October 19, 2018:
UN Day – Minimum Day, School closes at 12:00 noon. No Daycare.

October 24, 2018:
Foxworthy Sibling Photo Day

October 25, 2018:
Leigh Sibling Photo Day

October 31, 2018:
Halloween Celebrated 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm