Word Frames – Introduction: A Picture can Teach a Thousand Words

Introduction Problem Many children consider their education as an obligation or as a task of childhood.  However, the intention behind education is to equip children for life in adulthood.  This can only take place if the child is able to understand that the content they learn from school is derived from the outside world and more importantly, has meaning to them in the outside world.  This is true for all subjects, including and especially mathematics.  Unfortunately, most educational programs focus on filling a child with knowledge without making this connection to the outside world.  Word Frames is an attempt to change this mindset for the children. Vision To discover self-worth. … Read More

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Hidden Treasures – Creativity

1      Program Objectives Creativity thrives at the intersection of the “possible” and the “not possible” idea.  Creativity takes place when practical, reality-based thinking is unbridled by perceived limitations. 2      In Action The Program Admin motivates the group to first choose a theme for their Hidden Treasures, project, the concept they wish to convey to their audience.  Next, the children are encouraged to develop an idea for the project that is best-suited for illustrating or accomplishing the theme regardless of any limitations in skills, resources, time, etc…  Finally, the children then design the project to reach as close as possible to their “not possible” idea. 3      Reasoning Kids are taught to… Read More

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Hidden Treasures – Introduction: Our Sum is Greater than Our Parts

Problem With the focus on individual performance and evaluation, the development of children within team and community is insufficient.  While children are taught team skills, they do not see the value in teams beyond just a shared workload.  Children must not only learn the necessary skills of teamwork, but the added value that occurs through teamwork.  Hidden Treasures instills the benefits of teamwork made possible in functional teams. Vision To instill an understanding with kids that the sum is greater than its parts; that teamwork isn’t simply adding together independent work, but combining independent skills and experiences to create one functional unit which is capable of much greater things than… Read More

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Hidden Treasures – How it Works

This program is designed to develop a sense of belief in the kids that the sum is greater than its parts and together, they can have  a tremendous impact.  In other words, they as a team, working as one unit, can create and accomplish things which as individuals wouldn’t seem possible.  The project challenges their collaboration and organizational skills.  It teaches them to bring out a single vision or point of emphasis in their work. One of the key principles of Hope Torch is to realize the impact that you can have upon your family and your community.  Self-worth exists for this purpose.  The projects the kids design should have… Read More

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Word Frames – School Perspective

Program Objectives To connect their school content and environment to the outside world that is relevant to the kid. In Action The Program Admin takes a section from the child’s textbook covering one specific topic and assigns it to the child.  The child then creates the word frame from the content within that section. Why it Works Most classrooms are overcrowded with a student to teacher ratio of over 25:1.   Most curriculum are structured as a shopping list of items which a child is supposed to learn in order to be deemed ready for the next level of education.   Most teachers are evaluated based on their ability to transfer as… Read More

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