As much as we keep students at Elements busy in the best way, working on interesting projects, and encouraging them to play and learn, we are big fans of letting the children be, as well. And there’s nothing more wonderful than watching them in those moments, making sense of the world around them, taking it all in.
“There is a myth that doing nothing is wasting time, when it’s actually extremely productive and essential. During empty hours, kids explore the world at their own pace, develop their own unique set of interests and indulge in the sort of fantasy play that will help them figure out how to create their own happiness, handle problems with others on their own, and sensibly manage their own time. That’s a critical life skill.”
– Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D., co-author of Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less