How many adults could sit still all day?

Children need to move!

How many adults could honestly say that they could sit still all day if asked to without their minds wandering or their bodies moving? What about just for a few hours listening to a seminar, lecture, speech, performance etc that does not keep our interest and quite frankly just bores us? Hardly any. I ask this question because I for one could not! I cannot do it now –  let alone do it when I was a child. Neither could most children… or adults for that matter. So it astounds me that anyone still has this expectation of children.

Research strongly shows that it is virtually impossible for a child to sit for hours listening to one teachers monotone drone and actually concentrate. Common sense could tell you that.  It’s un-natural and unproductive. This has huge implications for how we educate and parent our children. My experience of school in Australia in the 80’s taught me a couple of things but the main one was how to daydream! This was great for my creativity but didn’t help me too much when I needed to get through maths. With all seriousness though, I and many children like me didn’t realise how much we loved learning until after school when we could learn and explore in our own way with our own topics. What a waste of  potential and time during most of those 13 school years.

School has changed a lot since I was a student and most teachers now recognise that students all learn in different ways and have differing needs and interests.  It is common practice to break the days timetable into lessons which involve sitting for shorter periods, more movement, a variety of methods including visuals and lessons based on children’s interests.  Hopefully all teachers these days understand this, if not they should not be teaching as they don’t get the basic fundamentals of being a teacher – which is respect for the child!

This information is also helpful to be aware of if you are a parent as there are times when your expectations do not meet the child’s developmental needs. Children are often asked to sit and listen for long periods to: religious sermons, theatre performances, adult conversations etc. During these occasions, children may appear to be playing up.  Take time to think about why this is? Are they bored? Are you expecting them to keep quiet and sit still when the situation is uninteresting for them. Put yourself in their shoes and think about having to sit for hours listening to something that does not interest you at all – wouldn’t you be itching to get out too!

Teachers and parents must gear all experiences towards the child’s needs and interests if they are to facilitate and encourage a perfect environment for learning and appropriate behaviour. It is imperative that we do not ask them to sit for hours and especially to something they find boring. Do not expect behaviour in your children that you yourself could not achieve given less than ideal circumstances. If you want your children to thrive and learn then give them the right opportunities and expect their teachers to be doing the same.  Respect and follow the child always and give them freedom to move!

Happy Guiding

from,

Darling Precious Children

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Rainbow Cake

Rainbow Cake

What you will need: Two packets of butter cake mix, large mixing bowl, four smaller mixing bowls, four spoons to mix with, smarties, eggs (check cake packet for amount), butter (check cake packet for amount),Icing (included in cake mix packet), food colouring, round cake tin.

Step 1 –  Make cake as per instructions on cake mix box. Divide cake mix evenly into four bowls and add a different colour to each bowl using the food colouring. Mix each colour well.

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Step 2 – When each colour has been thoroughly mixed in the four separate bowls, add the four colours into a greased round cake tin.

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Step 3 – Using a knife, slightly swirl through the different colours in your cake tin to give a marbling effect. Do not mix too much or else the colours may blur into one.

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Step 4 – Bake as per instructions on back of cake mix pack (usually around 45 minutes on 180 degrees Celsius).

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Step 5 – Your delicious Rainbow cake is now ready to decorate so ice using the icing that is included with the cake mix.  Then  place the smarties in whatever colourful pattern you like. If you would like to decorate it as in photo above then begin with one colour in the middle and continue making circles of different colours around each one until entire cake is covered.

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Step 6 – Eat and enjoy –  it tastes just as good as it looks!

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Happy Guiding…and EATING

from,

Darling Precious Children