It is being said that there is a creativity crisis. Now that I'm a bit older (O.K. - old) and have time to think, I wonder more about creativity. When do modern children have time for that? When do they dream? Enjoy solitude? With the advent of more and more technology and information, the information overload just grows. Sorting it out is all consuming. What about the past and the future? I like to think of Gene Nastri School as an oasis in a desert of noise. A quiet, contemplative time and place where children can enjoy the surrounding nature and have time to wonder about it all. We are so fortunate to be located on nine gorgeous acres of forest and pasture and lawn. What might we do with this good fortune to inspire wonderment and creativity - to provide children with the opportunity to explore and integrate nature into their everyday lives. Please join us in these thoughts, won't you, and let us see what we can accomplish together.
A friend remarked in passing that she knew our website was not up-to-date because nothing was posted on the director's blog. So here's my first post, bringing the site up-to-date.
Our son, Matthew, and his wife, Angie, gave us a tremendous Christmas surprise - twins - a boy and a girl. They already have two children, boys 2 & 4, and although they have known for months about the twins, my husband and I didn't. They just didn't want the fuss that would come along with everyone knowing.
Their family is now complete, and we are so blessed. What impresses me most are their parenting skills, especially Angie's mothering. So much more is known today about parenting than when we had our youngest child 38 years ago, and Angie has been an avid student and practitioner. On top of their feeding and sleeping schedules, the twins are fed, dry, and content;
their older brothers tumbling and running about as little boys do.
As I reflect on new parenting styles, I'm always brought back to the classics and what they do for children. Sometimes, keeping up with the old is as important as keeping up with the new. I look forward to my grandchildren becoming students of the arts and developing the confidence and self-discipline that comes along with the experiences.
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