Children respond to change in a number of different ways, they need the confidence and thinking skills to understand the world around them and they need to be able to adapt to change or make change happen.
“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” Stephen Hawking
An inspiring story to read if you have not done so yet, is The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. To a child the grown-up world can be bewildering, and they may very well...
be asking themselves questions like; what is this “work” they always claim to have, and why don’t they want to run around in the fields and find shapes in the clouds? Grown-ups are puzzling and weird and spend far too much time thinking about numbers and rules and mirrors. The Little Prince doesn’t just teach kids about being grown-ups, it teaches grown-ups about how to be better grown-ups. Marie Southard Ospina
Some of the lessons this unusual story encourages us to discuss and impart to our children look at change in the broader sense:
Don’t forget to enjoy your life — take a moment and take it all in. A month goes by in a minute. And a lifetime in a few days.
Never take yourself too seriously. Being too serious can result in a monotonous life, a lonely life, and a life in which we do not even appreciate the beauty of the stars.
Follow your instincts to explore. We learn that it is far too easy to fall into the trap of investigating and researching the places we wish to explore, but never actually going anywhere.
Trust in unusual characters — you might learn something. The fox in the story bestows upon the little prince a couple of important life lessons.
• “One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.”
• “You become responsible for what you’ve tamed.”
Being able to accept and welcome change is a growth mind set and shows true self confidence and courage.
I am privileged indeed to be part of this exceptional school and I have no doubt that it will continue to inspire children, parents and educators. A place where happy children and dedicated teachers all mirror a growth mind set.
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