It is hard to believe that I am sitting here writing the very last Cedar piece for the academic year. How time flies when you are having fun! What a year it has been. There have been hundreds of events that have filled the children’s days with opportunities to grow and develop and above all learn while having fun.

Young children need to develop a curiosity for learning and it is a very fine balance between children learning through their own explorations as opposed to being presented with information on a plate. I am often a little fearful that our over-stimulated children do not learn skills of enquiry and creativity, because they wait to be told how, where, when and what to do. In our quest to expose our children to the best of everything, we strip away their natural curiosity and awe and this always leaves me feeling a little uneasy. Don’t get me wrong, I love nothing more than seeing a child actively involved in activities and adventure, but it is so much more satisfying if that is as a result of children finding their own interests and enjoyment, rather than having the activity handed to them on a neat schedule. The temptation to fill their every waking minute leaves us with children who need external stimulation to feel entertained and the cry of “I’m bored!” soon fills the air. 

Last year, in my speech at the Pre Prep Prize Day, I challenged the children to fit as much boredom as they could into their holiday, so that they were forced to use their imaginations and get their creative juices flowing. So this year, I would urge you to do it again… Let your children squirm a little at first and then wait with baited breath to see what amazing ideas they can come up with to entertain themselves. Your house may be a little messier as a result (I apologise!) but I suspect their smiles will be award winning!
Have a lovely summer holiday.
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