“You may say I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.” – John Lennon
We are in a time of great change. Nothing is what it was, and I don’t think we can expect to go back.
Thus, we move forward. And in doing so we may find that we need to get comfortable with releasing the old in order to welcome the new. This can be scary or unsettling, but what if we choose love instead of fear? What if we choose creativity over stagnation? What if we decide to visualize what we want to see as opposed to looping in possible negative situations that we don’t want to see?
This also applies to how we are educated.
When we visualize it can help us recall information that we’ve been exposed to via a lecture or a text.
Students who have trouble with writing or spelling can benefit from focusing on their visual memory skills as opposed to just taking an academic approach. In fact, one study found that being able to spell consists of 40% phonics, 40% visual memory and 20% word meaning. Other research has shown that over 80% of learning takes place through visual memory. That means when we can visualize, it sets us up for success.
I have a personal case study with a student who needed help with spelling. I tried the traditional approach of teaching rules and patterns, but it wasn’t as beneficial as I had hoped. After a few sessions I decided to try a visualization technique that I learned from a Native American school. The process teaches children to spell via visualization and color. In one session the student could spell the list of words both forward and backwards. That was amazing for me to witness. It warmed my heart to see this beautifully talented student realize how brilliant and talented they were.
We live in a world that tries to place us in boxes that we don’t belong in. We try to make fish live in trees because that’s how it’s done. A fish can live in a tree with a great deal of support and accommodations if that is how we choose to focus our energy, but surely there are better options. There are options for more freedom, more creativity, and more space to be who we truly are, learn in ways that resonate with us, and bring forth that what is within our hearts.
But that requires us to be brave. We have to relax, not fall into fear, and allow room for new and vibrant energy that aligns to our highest purpose. The sun is rising though there are still some shadows to clear. As we face and clear these shadows of educational authoritarianism and trauma, it is my wish that every child feels loved, supported, and valued for who they truly are.
I saw a meme where one side expressed, how dare you not be outraged and afraid about the condition of the world. The other side replied, “my inner peace is not dependent upon external circumstances. In fact, caring for myself, I am caring for the world. External trauma cannot be healed until we heal the trauma within ourselves.”
The intent of this newsletter is to increase awareness of available educational options in order to encourage environments where students can align to their true gifts and talents.
When people are aligned to their true nature and in touch with their loving hearts, they are able to co-create a harmonious world.
Remember to love yourself and to always follow your inner guidance. Therefore, take what resonates and discard the rest.
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It is my belief that children should learn through play and inquiry. When you try to force academic style learning on someone who is not inclined to perform that way, it makes learning seem like a chore. Once learning seems like a chore, it’s hard to move beyond that. That’s why a lot of brilliant people hate school.
Parents are pushing academics earlier and earlier and that’s understandable. We are filled with fear around college admissions and earning potential. Few people want to live in lack while being at the mercy of begging others for essentials. So we take these seed fears of poverty and force our children to perform in ways that are not always beneficial.
Here’s an article about the long term harm of state sponsored Pre-K programs.
The author mentions how learning disorders can be caused early academic pressure, and how being labeled with a learning disorder can become the vision that one manifests. The article also discusses a study that found that Pre-K worsened academic performance in later grades.
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