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How to keep the creativity and imagination of a 6.5 years old who started public school? ( by law we are obliged)

My 6.5 years old son just started public school. The topics which are raised by sir robinnson bother me for along time now. Especially sine my son is very talented, creative with inspiring imagination. So far I haven't found a school which can let him evolve in his natural directions. And as a multi talents kid, even for us, his parents, it is difficult to realize in what area he has the highest potential. Sir robbinson gives as an example the lady who became a dancer. That is an "easy" case, since it was clearly THE talent of her.
My question is how we can realize THE talent of our son? And secondly, where we can find the right/concrete tools to guide us with his education, while he is going to public school?
I look forward to get your advices.

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    Aug 30 2011: Hi Daphna! I am the mom of 5 adults. All school systems are less than perfect but the approach that I took was to be grateful for whatever was offered but always to realize that their real education was up to me. If I felt that I wanted them to know their times tables I practiced them with them over the summer. If I wanted them to have music or art lessons beyond school I supplied it. If I wanted them to have great imaginations, I read to them and took them to places and events that sparked their excitement about life.
    One word of caution is that we can become so overwhelmed by our responsibility to bring out the best in our child that we obsess about it. Letting a kid be a kid has merit too. After all Abraham Lincoln spent a lot of time alone in the forest and he turned out just fine.
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    Sep 26 2011: It should be groomed or developed with Arts learning music or various languages will keep that child's creativity well intact.
  • Aug 30 2011: Hi Debra! I totally agree with your approach and that is what I do. At the end of the day the point of life is to be happy. So as long as our kids are happy, that is already a big achievement. The larger ideas, as the presented by sir Robinson, need to be delt with from another direction. Einstein didn't finish school, didn't he? (-:
  • Aug 30 2011: Thank you all for taking the time to comment. I chose to present a common issue through what I deal with in my personal life. I believe and know that there are many of us with the same debate. We are all aware of the fact that public schools are far from being the ideal education choice. However, school is obligatory and private schools are too expensive for most people. So I just continue to do what I'm already doing and hoping that there will be a change for the next generation.
  • Aug 30 2011: I don't think you really can, his brain chemistry will inadvertedly evolve over time he ages, and it would be impossible for him to retain creativity/imagination of a 6.5 year old forever. But I suggest you make him think and learn autonomously, nurture his talents(present him with sufficient challanges - don't underestimate him), keep his world highly dynamical/interesting place to be (like taking him to technology centers, museums, galleries different countries etc.). His own drive is what will keep him going later in life...
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    Aug 28 2011: My earliest childhood impressions remain incomparable. When these memories occasionally emerge in brilliant light from the past, I feel as though I am awakening from the deep dull sleep that we call our 'daily routine'. Many of us call this sleep 'reality'.

    The questions that children ask, come from the perspective of independent observers. While they are still outsiders, newcomers, they have not yet become seriously involved in pretensions of our society and its scenarios, in attempting to fit into their limited categories. As comical as those questions may seem to an adult, the essence of wonder itself remains the most precious quality of our nature and very often this wonder can lead us to the most mysterious corners of our psychology.

    Often narrowing its range and decreasing its points with age that natural wonder leaves a mind in quite stiff condition when we get older. Sometimes we call this stiffness a tradition, experience or even knowledge. As we grow up we hardly distinguish those habits of thinking, from our real
    circumstances. I see the only one way to avoid killing a child's intuitive mind --- wonder and LEARN together with him.

    Parents can do miracles for their children and themselves when they openly learn together.

    This is something that the majority of teachers do not comprehend, and even find "learning with students" humiliating...because they are supposed to "know everything"!! The greatest minds known to history have never stopped learning and discovering.

    This is a very tiny space to tell you more about this subject.
  • Aug 27 2011: I do not think it is a matter of realizing his prominent talent as much as it letting him discover his passions. I would suggest not pushing him toward the attributes that seem to be his greatest strengths unless he truly finds a degree of personal satisfaction in doing them. Sometimes we pursue what we are good at even at the expense of our happiness. Let him come into his own and discover what it is HE feels is worth pursuing. Your job should be to support and encourage him. I'm not sure how Switzerland is, but I would place him in more advance classes or at a school that caters to his talent (like a performing arts school). Check if the school offers after school programs as well because the best students are usually the most involved in the entire experience of school. He's still young though and has plenty of time to grow into a fine young man. The best thing you can do is not be consumed by this, of course you should nurture his talents, but let him enjoy his childhood - don't over work him to the point he gets burned out. I hope this answered your questions. I'm just an inspiring educator but by no means am I an expert, so please take into account that if anyone knows what's best for your son it's you as a parent. Be blessed.