Kids as Leaders 2

Education advocate and Nobel prize winner Malala Yousafzai!

Our last blog post was about kids being leaders. Here is an outstanding example of how impactful young people can be...

"I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban"

Malala Yousafzai

Yesterday, Malala received the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Kailash Satyarth, who works aginst chld slavery.


"'I am many"

In her acceptance speech Malala said:  "It is for those forgotten children who want education. It is for those frightened children who want peace. It is for those voiceless children who want change.

I am here to stand up for their rights, raise their voice. It is not time to pity them. It is time to take action so it becomes the last time that we see a child deprived of education."


Malala's family runs a chain of schools in Pakistan. "On the afternoon of 9 October 2012, Yousafzai boarded her school bus in the northwest Pakistani district of Swat. A gunman asked for her by name, then pointed a pistol at her and fired three shots. One bullet hit the left side of Yousafzai's forehead, travelled under her skin through the length of her face, and then went into her shoulder."

This incident sparked an outcry that has not diminished since it happened. Malala is a voice for worldwide access to education. Once she recovered from her wounds, Malala has spoken worldwide to encourage changes, including at the United Nations.


Yesterday's Nobel Peace Prize is an acknowledgement of her worthwhile work and will give weight to her words for years to come!


Malala ended her speech with a call to action:

"Let us begin today!"


This astonishing young person can give us hope in a sometimes dark world.

Shine a light!


Encourage your kids, any kids, all kids to have hope, find solutions, and enjoy the world they live in, make it a better place....


Art For Kids Hub

Hiya! Last week I featured an art lesson by a dad with his kids, on how to draw a boy and girl...
Today I am sharing art that is sent in to Art For Kids Hub for display every Monday.
Simple and fun...and it looks like you can get involved!

Send your kids' art to!

How To Draw...

Rob said he wanted to draw with his great kids to slow down time...

This You Tube Channel features this dad and his 3 kids.

Fun 15 minute video about how to draw a boy and a girl, not stick figures, but simple and fun.

Get your papers ready....

I love how the drawings all turn out differently even with the same instructions.

I love kids art!


Leadership and Kids

How old do you have to be to be a leader?

Can a child be a leader?


Lots of kids have the qualities that we look for in a leader.

Are they born with them? Do they learn the skills at home? At school?


Leadership skills can be encouraged and learned. Kids can be exposed to good leadership at home, in their community, in media. The great qualities of leaders can be pointed out to kids, and kids can be shown ways to take leadership, even in small ways.


In our hunt around the net for inspiration for kids we came across a site called Inspire My Kids and they have a good article on kids and leadership.


 Here is a part of that article:


Anyone can be a leader and the world definitely needs lots more good leaders!

What is leadership?

It is all around you and shows up in many ways.  

Leadership is…

  •   Doing the right thing without being asked or when no one is watching
  •   Helping others in need
  •    Guiding others on the right path
  •   Setting a good examples for others and being a good role model
  •    Stand up for others even when it may be the hard thing to do

Leadership is one of the most important skills you can learn to be the best person you can be and make the world a better place.  The great thing is, you have the opportunity to practice leadership every single day in your home, at school, in sports and everywhere in between.

Good leaders are not bossy and loud.  

They are:

  • Good at listening
  • Proactive
  • Honest
  • Generous
  • Strong communicators
  • Confident
  • Fair
  • In control of themselves


Here a few leadership quotes from the article:


“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell


“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” - John Quincy Adams


“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. ” – Margaret Fuller


“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy


“I never thought in terms of being a leader. I thought very simply in terms of helping people.” – John Hume


“A good leader inspires others with confidence in him; a great leader inspires them with confidence in themselves. ” – Unknown


Topics are offered for leadership discussions…

  •   What is your favorite quotation about leadership above?  Why?
  •   What opportunities do you have every day to practice leadership?
  •   Talk about someone you know who is a great leader.  What is it about them that makes them so?
  •    What is one thing you can do to become a better leader?


And as well as resources and ideas for teachers, suggestions for kids to take leadership action are offered…


Check out the site called, Inspire My Kids,

for more on leadership and kids,

and other inspiring articles and stories.



What activities can you think of

-to help kids develop leadership skills

-to encourage kids to take leadership in their own young lives?


Lovely Song...


Oh tumblin' leaf
You fly so high
Let's go chasin'


We follow clouds (we follow clouds)
Up in the air (up in the air)
Painting pictures
Of fairy tales


Oh, summer sun
Hold me in your arms


I love you mother nature
Your sunny fields of green
I love your taste of freedom
Your singing in the wind

I love, I love
Breathin' deeply
To smell your summer rain

I love, I love

When you kiss me
With your sunlight on my face

I love, I love

I lay my head
Under the tree
How many seasons
He might have seen


The golden fields (the golden fields)
They softly bow (they softly bow)
And seem to whisper
A lullaby


Oh, summer sun
Hold me in your arms


I love you mother nature

Your sunny fields of green
I love your taste of freedom
Your singing in the wind


I love, I love
Breathin' deeply
To smell your summer rain
I love, I love
When you kiss me
With your sunlight on my face


Like a warm embrace


Oh, you little bird
Tell the whole wide world
That I save my love for her


I love you mother nature
Your sunny fields of green
I love your taste of freedom
Your singing in the wind


I love, I love
Breathin' deeply
To smell your summer rain
I love, I love
When you kiss me
With your sunlight on my face


I love, I love


Time to start a garden...

Time to tend your garden...


Some of you started seeds in early spring, and now those seeds have sprouted and grown big enough to plant in your garden.

Some of you grow a flower garden, and many of you grow vegetables and herbs.


Gardens of any kind are wonderful for children- from growing seeds, to planting in the dirt, to the watering and weeding, and tending until harvesting.

There is so much to learn!! And the creatures...


Share with us the stories of your gardens, and the happy times children spend in the work and play of seeing a garden grow.


For more, go to starting a garden, see our page at our Best Learning Strategies site.


Children and Nature...

Children and nature...natural and good!

There is so much to inspire us when we are in a natural setting. Water, land, plants, and creatures of all kinds. And changes! Constant changes with weather, climate and seasons! So much to see, hear, feel, taste, and touch. So much to learn. And the perfect place to spend time with others, and with ourselves and our own thoughts. We love it!

Thanks for this beautiful video below from WildwoodMedia...and for the music. 


We are all connected ...