Saturday, December 19, 2009

Nurture Kids’ Interests Through Collections

Ann McGreevy, Ph.D. writes on the Marblehead, Massachusetts website, "With the holidays approaching, what better gift could one give than to start a child on his or her collection — giving one piece or item that will begin them on a lifelong pursuit of enjoyment and wonder? Attention to children’s interests and collections has always been important in classrooms and in families where the development of each child’s potential gifts and talents is a priority."

She goes on to say, "Research indicates that an optimum time to start a collection is when a child is between the ages of 8 and 12. Those years of middle childhood reveal the greatest number of collections and interest in starting them. The search for the next item brings great joy to a true collector."

Dr. McGreevy points out that, "Franklin Roosevelt had a passionate interest in his beloved stamp collection. In the worst of times, he found peace and inner calmness sorting over his stamps. Stamps are not as popular a collection with young people today, but they should be. From stamps, one can learn about geography, history, art, culture, famous people and more."

Shown above, brothers Dylan and Austin Rose, with their collections of Legos, Pokemon cards, sports cards and trophies.

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM