February – Word of the Month

February – Word of the Month
30 Jan 2018

“IMAGINATION IS EVERYTHING. IT IS THE PREVIEW OF LIFE’S COMING ATTRACTIONS.” – ALBERT EINSTEIN –

WHAT IS CREATIVITY?

Creativity is using your IMAGINATION to CREATE something ARTISTIC. It is coming up with ORIGINAL IDEAS and thinking outside the box. You can use creativity in your martial arts class by taking what your instructor shows you and making it your own. Your creativity can shine while sparring and doing partner training. You can use creativity in other areas of your life as well like keeping a journal and writing in it daily and drawing pictures of things you see throughout your day.

Ask Your Students:

  1. What does creativity mean to you?
  2. How do you express your creativity?
  3. What are some other sports you can use creativity in?
  4. Why is it important to be creative

“SOMETIMES BEING CREATIVE CAN BE HARD. CREATIVITY TAKES COURAGE.” – HENRI MATISSE –

Many of us find it hard to be creative at times. Your creativity makes you different and stand out. Sometimes other people might not appreciate your imagination, but you should never let that stop you. It is important to always EXPRESS your creative side whether it’s through your words, sports you play, art or dance. You should never be afraid to use your imagination and come up with new ideas. Thinking outside the box can be challenging but very much worth it.

Ask Your Students:

  1. What’s something you are creative with?
  2. How do you come up with creative ideas?
  3. Do you take pride in your creativity?
  4. Why is it so important to think outside the box?

“YOU CAN’T USE UP CREATIVITY. THE MORE YOU USE, THE MORE YOU HAVE.” – MAYA ANGELOU –

CREATIVITY INSPIRES MORE CREATIVITY.

When you are creative, your creativity INSPIRES more creativity. Thinking outside the box generates new ideas. Those new ideas can lead to even more new ideas. The more you use your imagination, the more creativity will flow. For example, if you come up with a fun new game to play with friends, you can turn that game into a new adventure thinking of new ideas and rules to keep it fun. If you use your creativity to write a song, you can then add a dance to go with it. So the more you use your creativity, the more fun, new ideas you will have.

Ask Your Students:

  1. What fun, new ideas have you come up with lately?
  2. Have you ever made up a game and played it with friends?
  3. Why does creative thinking lead to new ideas?
  4. When you do have a new idea, how do you express it?

 “CREATIVITY IS AS IMPORTANT AS LITERACY.”  – KEN ROBINSON –

CREATIVITY IS A VERY IMPORTANT LIFE SKILL TO HAVE.

It is very important not only to be creative, but also to know how to express your creativity. What creative outlet works best for you? Do you express yourself best through words or does a form of the arts work better for you? If you’re not sure, try taking several approaches and see what works best. Next time you’re feeling creative try writing a poem or a song. Then try drawing a picture or making up a dance to see which way you are more comfortable expressing your ideas. This will help you decide what works best for you and help you to express yourself more easily.

Ask Your Students:

  1. What is your favorite creative outlet?
  2. Why is it important to express yourself creatively?
  3. Why should you try new ways of being creative?
  4. What are some fun creative outlets you can think of?

Dear parents and/or guardians…

CREATIVITY IS USING YOUR IMAGINATION TO CREATE SOMETHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY. IT IS EXPRESSING YOURSELF THROUGH A FORM OF ART OR THROUGH SOLVING A PROBLEM IN A UNIQUE MANNER.

Creativity

This month we are learning about creativity. It is very important to encourage your kids to be creative and to think outside the box. Children should understand what it means to be creative and use their imagination. It is also important to work with your kids on how to express their creativity. Do they express themselves best with words or art? Try many different techniques to figure out what works best. In martial arts, kids can be creative by taking what their instructor shows them and making it their own. They can use creativity in sparring and partner training.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

  • Talk to your kids about the importance of being creative. Let them know creativity makes them stand out, and that is a good thing.
  • Encourage your kids to be creative. Ask if they want to try playing a musical instrument or writing a creative story.
  • Explore new inspiration sources together. Try to find creativity in nature, art and travel.
  • Brainstorm solutions to a common problem. Find a simple problem around the house and think of different and creative ways to solve it.
  • Limit TV and other screen time. Encourage your kids to use their imagination for entertainment.

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