The Art of Discovery

The Art of Discovery

bigstock-Family-in-Art-exhibition-52011688As we all head back to school, I think one thing we can all agree on is that summer brings a sense of discovery, change in routine, and an opportunity to try new things and visit new places. From beaches, to friends, to food, to culture, to museums and travel, discovering something new is fantastic for our children. It opens doors to new thinking and let’s our children create and see the world through a different perspective.

My boys love routine as all children do, but I want to make an effort this year to continue to expose them to new things. It’s tough as the demands of homework, sports, family and more vie for their attention, but I honestly think we all can make this effort.

A few ways I for see adding a sense of discovery to this coming school year is to first, not be so rushed. When a person has time to look, really ponder and think, much can happen. Questions can be asked and conversations are created. Even going to the market, having friends over for dinner, or just playing without so much attention to the time, allowed my boys to really think and make incredible observations.

Another way I plan to allow more discovery time is to not organize so much of their time for them. This is something we all do and all come from a good place to set up those activities! Yet, allowing them to figure out on their own, what they can do with their time really let’s a child create, discover and be in charge of their own life learning habits.

I truly believe curiosity and discovery go hand in hand and becomes a habit on how one approaches life.

There is nothing better than hearing our children say, “look at this!” or “can I show you this mom?” with incredible enthusiasm and spirit.

Let’s all try to give a little discovery time this fall to our kids as we get into the full routine of back to school. They will love us for it!

Authored by: Lauren Perelmuter

Lauren Perelmuter, Owner and Founder of Art To Grow On Children's Art Center, Inc. has been dedicated to and deeply involved in the arts and art education for 25 years. As Founder and President, Perelmuter launched Art To Grow On Inc. in 2000, bringing Art Enrichment Programs, Products, and Services to children ages 18 months –18 years old. Perelmuter’s extensive background working with Schools, both private and public, along with Cities, Corporate Day Care Centers, Non-Profit Organizations and Corporations, has moved Art To Grow On Inc. to the forefront as one of the leading art enrichment providers in Southern California. Perelmuter believes the act of “creating” gives children Life Essential Skills: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Independent Learning, Collaboration, and Communication- skills this generation must embrace and refine not only to thrive but to contribute as global citizens and become optimal thinkers. “They are our future innovators!” Lauren can be reached at picasso@art2growon.com, www.Art2GrowOn.com and (310) 625-6028.

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