World Autism Awareness Day

 

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Today 2nd of  April 2014 is World Autism Awareness Day, are you doing anything to mark this day?

I am taking part in the wearing Blue for the Light it Blue campaign for Autism Awareness. This is a cause close to my heart on a personal and professional level.  The more we Learn and become aware of autism and how it affects families and not just isolated individuals, the more we can do to help.

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Art and Play!

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Art and Play go or should go together in a child’s life….you might not always have the opportunity of art classes for your children, but you can always start by appreciating beauty in nature, colouring and creating with the children.  Visiting art galleries, museums, libraries and art in public spaces is a good way to open their horizons.

This collage is just a little taste of an interactive exhibition that I visited in my home town of Dumfries in Scotland. The artist provided alongside her pieces of art , a variety of opportunities for visitors of any age to create their own artistic expressions.  It was a creative and playful experience.

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Happy Naw-Ruz to all who celebrate it!

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 Naw-Ruz is the New Year celebration for Persians, Zoroastrians and members of the Baha’i Faith.  It is also the beginning of Spring and renewal after the winter.  For Baha’is around the world it also marks the end of the period of fasting and reflection. 

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 Like most important festivities within religious an cultural celebrations, it includes all members of the community, and the participation of children through crafts, music, food and enjoyment.

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 The celebrations begin on the evening of the 20th of March and end on the 21st of March in the evening.

Children’s definition of Love

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Have you asked your pupils, or children under your care , what Love is… Try it, it is a worthwhile experiment.  Not only do they have an opinion on the subject but  also an intuitive understanding  that goes further than a dictionary.  The  best way for the majority of children , is using examples  and analogies.  You will notice  that many could start with phrases such as: Love is like…. Or Love is when…

Here are two examples:

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Happy Valentine’s

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Another year and we are back for Valentine’s Day,  if you work with little ones, it is mostly about making cards or crafts to take home.  In primary it s more about friendship and as they grow thoughts move towards courtship and romantic love. 

This very western celebration has become very commercialised , but you can still have a bit love and friendship qualities sparkled in the classroom or at home.

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Martin Luther King

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Celebrating Matin Luther King and what he stood and tirelessly worked for is very important for children , because it reminds us not just of a part of modern history, but of values to live for.  

Equality, human rights, tolerance, non-violence, a sense of justice and forgiveness are as important today in the playground as they were on the streets of the United States all those years ago.  Respect for all human beings, community, faith, and family, are all united in the activities that we might use to help children understand whether at school or at home.

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Happy 2014!

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Well, another New Year! Let’s keep up the good work of facilitating Play for children and young people all over the world.

  • Whether or not you celebrated the change of the year, include children in your resolutions: encourage the concept that each individual, no matter how young, is capable of affecting change and bettering the world.
  • Play for fun, imagination and the wonder of exploring the world;  works better when  a child feels safe in the knowledge that he or she is seen and appreciated as a human being worth of attention.
  • Adults also need to play to keep that Inner child healthy, present and engaged in the affairs of being alive!

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