Creativity with a Purpose

Our caretakers (and our kids) sometimes think of Hidden Treasures as Arts & Crafts. We always correct them and say it is not just Arts and Crafts. Have you ever wondered why? It’s not that we don’t think Arts & Crafts is useful. In fact, Arts & Crafts are a great way for kids to express creativity. There is nothing wrong in it at all, and it can be a good experience for kids. The reason we want it to be viewed differently is because of the way Arts & Crafts is received by many adults, especially in the environments of our kids. Most adults view Arts & Crafts as… 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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