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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Raising an Independent Thinker

One of the key ingredients to the University Lake School Educational Platform is Independent Thinking.  Independent Thinking involves coming up with unique ideas, questioning conventions, solving problems in a new way and/or solving new problems. Historically, independent thinkers have become the leaders and boundary breakers in engineering, business and the arts.  They are the men and women that make history and create paradigm shifts in culture.  What parent does not want their child to grow up to be one of these impactful members of society?

Independent Thinking goes far beyond creating successful strong leaders though.  Studies show that independent thinkers are simply more confident.  Confident people tend to lead a happier and more satisfying life. Leadership expert, Anna Martin, discusses how a healthy sense of self is intricately related to independent thinking skills.  "Being able to think independently opens up a wealth of potential knowledge. It enables you to become more discerning about the things you hear, see and believe and helps you question values and assumptions. Independent thinking also hones your personal skills on many other levels, including the building of confidence in your ability to stand up for your beliefs."  Beyond outward success, this internal success is truly what we desire for our children.  

The following article offers simple ways to help foster your child to be an independent thinker at home.  It is geared toward younger children but, it would be very easy to modify the suggestions to be fitting for older children as well.  The overarching theme of all of the suggestions is to treat your child like an intelligent, capable and independent person.  Have "real conversations" with your child that involve evoking their opinions and actually listen to their responses.  With this simple approach watch your child grow into a strong independent thinker. 

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Nature and Learning

This article reiterates what we at ULS already know.  Using nature as a classroom has a profound impact on learning.  We are at ease in nature yet captivated.  This is the perfect emotional combination for children and adults to learn.  Our 180 acre campus of sheer natural beauty provides such an environment for all that spend time on  Hawk Hill.

Why Nature Makes the Best Classroom