"It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations-something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different than their own."
“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
“So it is with children who learn to read fluently and well; they begin to take flight into whole new worlds as effortlessly as young birds take to the sky.”
Creative Minds believes in a student -centered approach to learning. We want to build enthusiasm for reading and writing and build confidence in our students. By encouraging students to ask questions while they read and write, we are teaching them to think for themselves and to have confidence in their own ability to seek the answers. We encourage learning in small groups because we know that learning is a social activity and that, as Ken Blanchard said, “none of us is as smart as all of us.”
Children who have struggled with early literacy frequently become discouraged and conclude that they are just “not good” at reading. But an early struggle does not mean a lifetime of struggle. Smart is something you can get if you have the right support and the right guidance.
And for children who already excel in reading and writing, it’s important to stretch their minds too, to provide them with engaging but challenging reading and writing activities that ensure they continue to grow as readers and writers. It can be hard to do this in a full classroom of students during the school year, so we’d like to provide challenge and opportunities for growth for those students as well.
Inquiry-based, social learning helps to expand minds and build academic confidence. We want to help your child gain confidence in his own thinking and to understand that struggle is not always a bad thing. Challenging ourselves and learning how to make the struggle productive is what makes us better learners….in all academic areas.
“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
"We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn.”
“The important thing is not to stop questioning.”