As I clear my thoughts this morning, I reflect on play yesterday not only with my students but with my own children…
Curiosity within a child supports internal motivation to discover and learn. My son located a “skully” or “tobbgin” as some may call it, deep within his closet. This finding led to a chain of events, which has furthered my inquiry as to “discover” the approach, and the comfort vs fear observed in my own two children, children that I work with daily as well as all other young children within today’s society.
While my two year old played, I could hear giggles and much movement from the second floor of my home. After a few minutes, I hear a scream from my six year old daughter, “Momma, Ali is a boogey man, come see!”
As I approached the stairs, she was slowly walking backwards towards her room in a state of “shock” as to where he found this hat and why is he so happy to have it covering his face? He was standing to the left of me, giggling as repeating, “look mommy Ali a boogey man”. This was a moment I wished I had my camera! My daughter began to protest that he take off his hat from covering his face! A struggle began…. The back and forth sibling verbal fight: “Take it off Ali, you look scary, you will run into the wall and hurt yourself!” — “No Gabi, it’s Ali’s hat!”
I continued standing there watching and listening to see how this problem will be solved without my intervention. After a few exchanges of words, my son proceeded to the bathroom and bumped into the counter as he was stepping up towards the step stool. A loud reminder from my daughter came bellowing out, “See, you ran into the sink!” But his determination was not prohibited by her constant badgering.
I walked down stairs to grab my phone and I could hear his giggling and her voice from afar. As I approached their bathroom, I saw this constant “peek a boo” of him removing the hat so he could see his face, he would laugh, then cover it back up! Once he recognized my presence, he turned to me and said, “look at Ali mommy, Ali not boogey man!”
Priceless… What a concept?!
My daughter began to lecture him on what the boogey man does and how he is scary, etc… But my son continued his play and once satisfied he walked back to his room and played with his hat on his head until it was time for bed…
According to a report written by the National Council for the Developing Child, “Persistent Fear and Anxiety Can Affect Young Children’s Learning and Development“, science indicates that early exposure to circumstances that produce fear and chronic anxiety can have a lifelong impact on disrupting the developing architecture of the brain! Wow!
So in this case… Would my daughter or son be impacted more? How so? Why?… All thoughts this morning… I guess in some timeframe I must explore….fear
In the first post of this series, we talked about how a lack of focuscan stop you from discovering your inherent creative abilities, and how using those abilities can change your community. Today, the 4 Fears series continues…
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in this side-by-side comparison, you can see the slight differences between iOS 7 Beta 2 (June 16) and iOS 7 Beta 3 (July 10).
at the bottom of each screen, you see the words “slide to unlock” — in the latest update, Apple has gone from using Helvetica 45 Light to Helvetica 55 Roman. this is a very wise move as lighter weights on typefaces are not ideal for on-screen displays (especially at small sizes on mobile devices). in this comparison, it may seem to be a marginal difference but this change that shows up in many different areas throughout the operating system will improve the overall legibility of the interface.