words of the wise

We all know by now:
Our thinking can hold us back
because it can be too negative and too wishful.

And don’t
we need some
negative to spare us disasters
some wishful to spur visions?

In the
wise words
of the wise everywhere:
“Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.”
In new words, Don’t take the
spices and knowhow
out of the

And the
saying could mean:
Notice what you’re doing! or
Don’t reveal your strategy before a contest, etc.

Teachers can use the putting of wise sayings into one’s own words to give their students a creative exercise using sayings like the one above. And afterwards ask, Who would like to read their translation? Then have them take turns reading what they have created and fun is likely to happen.

As you know, their are many books of great quotes and sayings to draw from. The combination of exposure to your selections of great thoughts and a child’s deep participation in the essence of the sayings can build a reservoir of lifelong positivity and practicality. This is my opinion, obviously, but it may actually happen. It surely can’t hurt can it?

Also, a parent can write a saying on a piece of paper and give it to their child and say “See if you can put this saying into your own words.” And afterwards, talk about what he or she has written. And a parent can also put his or her child’s suggested saying into their own words and then talk about it. A daily exercise taking turns?

• Parents and teachers should give an example
or two when introducing the exercise.
• Suggested time allowed for creation: 3 minutes or
until the class noise begins to rise.
• Suggested age: The child should know
how to read and write.

To your students or child you might say, You may be asking Why are we (or) Why am I doing this?

You can answer, It’s an exercise in creative writing. It gets your mind working to create something original. You’ll catch on and it’s fun…creation feels good.”


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