Monday, December 17, 2012

Walking through Commerce

Some days when the weather is very nice I like to drive to the shops and look at what is going to be in fashion for the next season. Not only am I getting exercise but every once in a while I like to buy something for myself. This creates a reward system for keeping my blood circulating and part of my brain responds very well to such incentive. Sometimes I will even make that reward a cinnamon roll.

On this particular day the sun was shining very brightly and a slight breeze blew the loose strands of hair out of my face. I did not have any particular goal or purchase in mind but had considered purchase of another pair of Born shoes. The pair I currently owned was very stylish and durable. I was certain that adding another pair to my wardrobe would benefit me greatly.

However I was very unfamiliar with this area of my town and was unsure where I would be able to buy Born shoes. A reputable firm like Born would certainly post a sign in the window of any supportive retailers and as yet I had not seen any. I did see an ice cream shop so I stopped for a quick chocolate single scoop cone with extra sprinkles before I continued on my quest.

Almost instantly when the idea entered my head to buy Born shoes I became obsessed. What had begun as a leisurely stroll became a sugar fueled trek to the nearest shoe store to determine if they had Born shoes. I knew of one shoe store nearby but it was nearly four blocks to get there and I was on foot. If only I had worn my Born shoes on that day! The brand offers unparalleled comfort and quality at such a reasonable price.

By the time I reached that shoe store I had no choice but to purchase a new pair. My flip flops were completely blown and I was barely able to hobble into the store and sit down. The sales attendant came over to ask what I was seeking and I told her. She smiled and escorted me over to the display where the store had several very attractive pairs of Born shoes available. I also needed socks and she was able to find some light cotton ones that would wick sweat away from my feet to keep them from developing an assortment of problems. Indeed my shopping was successful.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Breaking into the Future: Early Childhood Education

Are children tiny people or a different creature entirely? So much of our early life is spent contemplating just this notion. Every educator, parent, childless adult, and child himself has some opinion on the matter. Where is the happy medium where we all coexist?

Pediatricians deal primarily with the growing bodies of our children. As they develop diet and exercise needs change drastically. These changes can be tracked and compared to demographic averages to determine whether or not a child is normal. Psychology may attempt to do many of the same things but in fact the mind is so complex and children’s creativity so diverse that indeed this area of study has its limitations.

For example, a teacher may wish to maintain classroom order by telling students, “Sit down and be quiet please.” A room of adults is assumed to know without being told that this course of action is appropriate. Likewise these adults would be considered very rude for interrupting the instructor while she is talking. However, some adults are indeed not as well behaved as some children.

Children and adults have different questions. A child may ask the following questions: Why is the sky blue? From where does rain come? How did I get here to your house? Why am I your child? For an adult the questions are drastically different. Where can Ifind Clarks shoes? What is the stock market doing this month? How much money should I move over into savings? Where will we put Dad now that Mom’s dead? Why am I your child?

An adult may write down the coherent sentence “Where can I find Clarks shoes?” A young child may understand that we are going to a shoe store that is brand specific and thus write the simpler statement “Clarkes shoe”. Small children are also more comfortable communicating through pictures than trying to write out more complicated thoughts for which they might not yet have the vocabulary.
Patience is always the key to not simply dealing with other people but getting their personal best. With proper care and fostering anyone from a toddler to a senior citizen is more inclined to be cooperative and productive. This trait in a caregiver or educator has the possibility to make up for a multitude of flaws in knowledge and overall competence. The key is to apply the right person to the right education level to get the best out of everyone involved.