The publishing division for Ekidsland.com
Val Simone with the Ekidsland Kids singing
We are all about working with children to encourage them to express their own creativity!
On this site we hope to stimulate and develop that creativity!
We here at Ekidsland Publishing will do our part by publishing stories and illustrations created by children directly on our site. We believe that recognition and reward will help children gain confidence in themselves and will encourage them to continue to read, write and draw.
We also believe that parents need to take the lead in creating the desire in their children to express that creativity.
Here are some helpful tips we hope parents will use to stimulate and develop their children's creativity:
1.) What are some common mistakes parents make that stifle their child’s creativity?
A.) depending on a movie or video game to entertain the child.
1. movies and video games do have their place, but not as an excuse to NOT interact with your child.
2. They are being exposed to someone else’s creativity, not expressing their own.
B.) not taking the time necessary to work with your children.
1. by taking the time necessary to help with your child’s development and growth helps create a closer bond. A child is more inclined to listen to someone who is close to them and expresses a sincere desire for their positive growth and development.
2. by taking the time necessary, a parent can more quickly discover the child’s strength and weaknesses. A problem or attribute discovered quickly can be resolved or strengthened much easier and with better success.
C.) Relying on the school system to create the desire to explore children’s creativity.
1. parents brought their child into this world, they are primarily responsibility for their growth and development.
2. the school system cannot be relied upon to develop an individual child’s creativity and other skills set necessary for that child’s growth and development. The parents have a more direct relationship and reasoning for that child’s growth and development than the school system. The “desire” should be created and developed at home. The school system can teach the child the mechanics of improving upon it, but the desire begins in the home.
2.) What are five tips that help parents feed their child’s imagination?
A.) encourage your child to read, write and draw
1. Read to your child every night if possible.
2. Assign short creative tasks that your child can accomplish quickly. Seeing the immediate results and rewards of their efforts encourages a child to continue.
a. Have he or she write a short and creative paragraph each night.
b. Have he or she draw a simple drawing which expresses something that
happened during his or her day.
B.) encourage your child to talk about his or her dreams, wishes, and fantasies
1. a few really high quality minutes spent with your child each night will give you great insight into your child’s heart and mind.
2. these few minutes will also help you set goals and conditions regarding their development and growth.
C.) encourage your child to set goals
1. A recent study (see below) proved that a person who sets SMART goals becomes more successful that a person who does not.
2. Children who learns the importance of setting goals in life will have a huge advantage over their peers in all aspects of life - both throughout their schooldays and, later on when they leave school, in their careers and other endeavors.
a. developing reading and writing skills
b. developing speaking skills
c. developing broad relationship skills, individually, team work, etc.
D.) create habits which promote creativity
1. parents should exercise consistency to help a child learn good habits
2. set specific times of the day that a child must perform certain tasks. This will create a habit of productivity and more positively promote creativity.
E.) Monitor the child’s results
1. creating expectations for your child teaches them that “follow-through” is as important as “starting.” A parent needs to help the child set goals, but then needs to set and maintain expectations for the conclusion.
2. monitoring your child also assists the child in learning that results are expected and are not just merely an option. In later life this will pay off handsomely.
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