Budding artists bring a spark of creativity to many of their pursuits. Seeing the world around them in a left-of-centre way, can also increase their critical thinking and problem solving skills. While developing the left brain’s ability to reason with logic, there are a range of reasons why activating the complementary side is worth equal attention.
We often don’t associate the word ‘STEM’ with creativity, as the science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects have traditionally been reserved for a purely scientific concept approach to education. But what if STEM also came to represent sensory-exploration, thought-provoking discoveries, entertaining education and monumental inventions?
Books can transport us on endless adventures, and there are countless benefits to reading together with your child for as little as 10 minutes a day. But setting some quiet time aside to do just that isn’t always so simple. We can often feel as if we are constantly on the go, from one task to the next … whether it be ferrying between sports, tutoring classes or to pick up some groceries. Here are opportunities to educate your child and encourage a love of reading, even when books are not at your fingertips.
Has your child’s schooling become mainly online, amidst the coronavirus outbreak? Well, if they have, you certainly aren’t alone.
With the explosion of online reading, researchers, educators and parents around the world have become increasingly interested in how it compares to reading printed material. Early scientific research appeared inconclusive or contradictory. Subjectively, fans of e-readers (such as Kindle), loved the lightweight convenience and typically cheaper pricing for books. At the same time, diehard bookworms continued to maintain that ‘you can’t beat turning the pages of a book’, because they loved the smell and feel of a ‘real’ book.
Most of the world’s population is bilingual or multilingual. In 2006, just over half of the people in Europe could speak more than one language and in Luxembourg it’s almost 99%. Back in 2001, the Associated Press reported that two-thirds of the world’s children are raised bilingual; since then most measures of bilingualism around the globe have been steadily rising.