Awakening activities for children

During their leisure time and school holidays, it is good to provide children with activities of discovery, creation and construction. To nurture children’s sense of wonder through colours, rhythms and sounds. To familiarize them with the concrete world of materials, shapes, gestures, through all modes of expression: music and singing, theatre, dance, painting, modelling, storytelling, performances, gardening, crafts, treasure hunts, skilful sports…

The irreplaceable presence of the parents
For their healthy development, parents need to take care of their children, just as children need to feel the presence of their parents. A State, an institution will never solve the problems of child education by taking children away from their parents and entrusting them to strangers. Of course, I am not talking about exceptional cases where parents are unable to take care of their children, I am talking in general. Generally speaking, not only should children be left with their parents, but we must help parents to be even more present, to become aware of their responsibility in the education of their children. And the first responsibility is to set an example.
Synopsis n° 2, VIII, 3
The sense of wonder
The imprints received during childhood will never be erased, therefore the responsibility of adults is immense. If they damage a child with rudeness and ugliness, it will be marked forever. They must therefore watch themselves and tremble at giving them the wrong direction.
Now, don’t get me wrong. It is also necessary to know certain laws of Initiatic Psychology: I am not saying that one should raise a child solely in a dreamlike climate, in poetry, the unreal, the imaginary, that would be a great danger for it. Each method always has a good and a bad side and one must know when and how to apply it. Parents and teachers must awaken the child’s intellect and practical sense, teach it to cope with the material plane and prepare it to face the realities of life later on. But they must not destroy the child’s taste for the wonderful and its sensitivity to the invisible world. They can talk to him about the spirits of nature, the gnomes, the undines, the sylphs, the salamanders and the work they do in the universe. But above all they must give him the sense of the divine world, and for this they can begin to speak to him about the tree of Life, the celestial hierarchies…- of course, by putting themselves at the child’s level: there is no question of enumerating all the kabbalistic names to him.
… A child who is educated in this way will always keep the consciousness of a superior world of wisdom and light and the desire to reach out to this world.
Izvor no. 203, chap. IX
Always active
You saw how proud the children were to have sung! For them, it was serious. Oh boy! They did something that mattered. For the rest of their lives they’ll remember that they sang in front of an audience. For you it may be nothing, but for them it’s an event; if you get into the hearts of these children, you’ll see that it’s an event. Now you have to encourage them, tell them that it was wonderful, that we are in need of hearing them and that they have to learn more songs.
You have to awaken in the children the desire to be as capable as possible in one or another activity. That is the best way to prevent them from doing stupid things and wasting their time here and there. Never leave a child inactive. Often, to ask a child to be still, we say: “Be good”. But why confuse wisdom with stillness? Is it wisdom not to move, not to do anything? Don’t be surprised if later on the child hates wisdom, because in his head it is linked to immobility and he is so dynamic! It is better not to ask a child to be still, but to always give him something to do to keep him occupied.
Izvor no. 203, chap. VII