The Element

in Everyday Learning

An imaginative tea party hostess and her guest

In his book The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, Ken Robinson, Ph.D., says that “the element” is the place where the things you love to do and the things you are naturally good at come together. It defines our potential, and manifests itself differently in every person.

Children are born with treasure chests of extraordinary imagination, talents, and intelligence. I wonder when parents can discover the things their little ones naturally do well, and ignite a passion within them. Think of the excitement you feel with your baby’s first smile, first rollover, and first word. Bottle up that same enthusiasm for something your child loves to do and has a talent for.

Consider these questions as you look for a defining potential in the early years. Does your child:

  • have to move to think?
  • use drawing to guide her wondering?
  • sing when she wakes up, changes clothes, and colors a picture?
  • build castles with blocks as high as she is tall?
  • tell stories while she plays housekeeping?

“What children need for the demand of 21st century education is creative thinking. We need children moving through school days doing what they love and what they’re good at.” –Ken Robinson, Ph.D.

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