Raising Super Hereos — A can do attitude, with “sky as the limit” beliefs

Gender lines are not walls, they are meant to be crossed.

John Marcotte’s TED talk examines gender norms for kids in today’s pop culture. He specifically looks at girls and the feeling of empowerment that they receive from super heroes. He also addresses the importance of boys learning empathy by experiencing media and toys that are directed at girls. Marcotte’s main point is that labels are truly limiting the potential of future generations, for both boys and girls.

Let’s all do a super hero stance.

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Play = learning

You can not play without learning. 
The skills children learn during play are imperative to future success. 

Play = learningOne of the greatest issues our children face is the loss of recess and free play during their early years. Despite the vast amounts of evidence on the contribution of play in childhood and the impact it has on learning and development, we often put the notion of play as less important compared to learning content like literacy or math. Revolutionaries like Piaget and Montessori and Singer have shown time and time again that when play is nourished, children thrive.

Play allows children the opportunity to explore, experiment, create, and compromise. Play gives children the space to socialize, self-reflect, and empathize. Play is our basis of understanding for our later academic success, careers, and relationships. Play is where it begins; it’s where children grow and learn some of the most important lessons in life.

How do you encourage play?