children are artists.The problem is how to remain an artist
once he (she) grows up."
have charged myself with the task of remaining an artist and
helping children to explore their art and imagination.
Art lies in the expression of one’s observations of
Science is in the understanding of
what we observe.
It is my great joy to bring to light
that understanding for the children I teach. Children are
natural detectives as it is their mission in life to discover
and understand the workings of people and things around them.
How to use a fork, how to relate to your family, a frog or
other children. As they follow their quest, it is the perfect
time to introduce the physics of electricity or the biology
of the physical body. It is welcome, useful and fascinating
Fun, fun, fun – that is what education
should be. I have completed a course in writing for children
and produced a collection of limericks to help explain some
basic science, such as, states of matter and Newton’s
laws of motion.
Speaking of Sir Isaac Newton, I was
ecstatic to visit his birth place in England last year. I
saw the tiny desk with quill and ink in his bed chamber, his
leggings laid out on the bed and some of his young scribblings
still preserved on the white stucco walls. Having discovered
and explained gravity, the spectrum and the essential laws
of motion, to me Newton exemplified the curiosity of a child's
mind. He also, remained an artist.
For the past 17 years, I have worked
with children and had the chance to observe the wonder of
the child mind. I spent 3 years as manager of a Sears Portrait
studio. I worked closely with families to capture smiles of
everyone from infants to teens. I usually only had 5 or 10
minutes with each sitting and I was amazed at the capacity
for children to form a quick and sincere bond.
Then I found Mad Science. I worked for
the Toronto franchise for 11 years, starting as an instructor
and ending up Program Manager. I was responsible for researching
and producing new topics and for training new staff. Just
out of teacher’s college, our trainees were truly excited
to have the opportunity to teach but many lacked that “intimidating”
science background. It was my job to convert “scary”
to “super fun and exhilarating”. What a thrill
it is to place a rocket launcher in the hands of a young teacher
and watch her face as she presses the button and with a swoosh,
the rocket is almost instantly 200 feet above us. Gone is
the fear, the confusion and the shyness; replaced by confidence
and a huge grin.
This is the gift I wish to give to my
students of all ages.
I have had the pleasure of sharing my
love of discovery with the educators and children of Ottawa
since August 2010. I am offering a diverse range of workshops
crafted for specific age groups and suitable for classrooms,
after-school, daycare and libraries. Check out my new home-schooling
kits now available for purchase.
Doreen Smith aka Doctor D