Friday, October 1, 2010

scaffolding integrity and mindmapping with numbers

The idea that logical thinking is a prerequisite for integrity was challenged when I tried my concept of scaffolding integrity using natural numbers and mindmapping. The child associated concepts with one and anavah, which means humble in Hebrew (humility,...). One exercise was to draw the number one in different sizes, from big to small. Then the child was free to draw whatever he wanted, and drew a war scene. A tank shooting at an individual. I asked him to write 'not modest' under it. He agreed.
We like to think children are unwritten sheets, but war may be in their mind.
Another child associated on bitachon, which means trust in Hebrew (relate,...). He drew a swann, because of the similarity of shape with the number 2, a road between two houses, two birds and a mirror. I didn't think of a mirror. It opened a thinking path for me. It made me think about the relationship with yourself as two.

2 comments:

Frangipan said...

This is very interesting, what do you do? Do you work in art therapy or something else?

Odile S said...

Thank you for your comment Frangipan, I am a fulltime parent and former psychology student interested in synergy between art, education, psychology and ethics for work with children.

*new* item at Chez Odile is the metachat where Creatives and Thinkers meet.

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