With various advancements in game consoles, mobile phones and tablets, children are very distracted and zoned out. They are constantly responding and reacting to outside stimulation. How does technology impact their life and self-esteem?
Teaching children to “tune in” to their emotions which helps cultivate their creativity every day is exactly what author Lynda Hope’s intention was when she wrote her new children’s book, “Jackie and Creativity Go to School.” For the first time, Hope personifies Creativity as the story follows Jackie, a six year old boy and his “Creativity” through their first few days of first grade during which he quickly learns that his individuality and creativity are not appreciated.
As a child, Hope said that she felt different than other kids in her class, approaching life from a place of imagination and playfulness. “I believe that life is supposed to be fun and happy.. “Creativity is all about being loving, playful and listening to our emotions and intuition.” There are positive and negative emotions that are also personified, Courage, Hope, Happy, Joy, Fear, Hate, Anxiety, Gloom and Despair. Teachers can use these characters to help children get in touch with their own emotions and foster their creativity.
Hope aims to show teachers, parents and their children that their creativity is always with them and creative living is a life choice. “Every child is born with an active imagination and emotional guidance system which over time diminishes because of outside influences,” Hope said. “It’s time to wake up and let your emotions guide you to a greater, more enjoyable creative self.”