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Questions and Games for Children
I'm suggesting these ideas should first be considered and their validity tested by common sense and experience.
I am convinced by the sections on broadband sensing. - I may be wrong about some things in the sections on empathy with an animals body sense and their sense of taste and smell, but before anyone can be sure of that, we need a consensus of opinion from small children, when asked by their parents : where does your breath come and go? Where do smells go in your body? What can you taste in your body?
Then we need to encourage a child's natural broadband sensing abiltities, before they get blaocked out and overpowered by all the focussed learning children do.
i'm suggesting as a result of talking with children about it, taking an interest, and asking questions, these ideas be educated and encouraged by parents and teachers from an early age, so that small children don't forget this form of sensory awareness – AS A BALANCE for the emphasis on focussing and learning, and the consequent emphasis on developing our free individual creativity, ideas beliefs and opinions, - with the consequent insatiable, almost addictive need to always confirm and reconfirm our beliefs in such a diverse culture.
Contact is welcome with anyone, but particularly parents with young children who could help develop a natural and practical way of questioning children, - without them even starting to ask us for the answers. If they ask, then please tell them, "because i've forgotten how it really feels" ...
To start with, it's appropriate to just ask questions, (because honestly, we have forgotten how it really feels). Showing an interest would stimulate any child's awareness of broadband sensing and body awareness. They would encourage children to keep in touch with this inborn sense of reality.
Questions and Games for Children : (needs time and help to develop)
I would love parents to start by asking their two to ten year olds: "when you breathe, where does the breath go in your body?" They need to be asked lying down, standing, sitting, and maybe after running. Where does your breath come and go to?
And then : Where do smells go in your body? - When you smell this food cooking, where do you sense it?
And (before a child learns anything about 'my beating heart') - where is the beating coming from? where is it strongest?
What do you see with your eyes closed? draw it.
We need a series of games.
Blindfold tasting and smelling games. (These senses are usually only trained for specialist jobs like wine connoisseur, perfumer, aroma therapist or master chef. Their training methods could be adapted.)
Games could be developed to stimulate the vision, maybe even a machine which projects random laser colours at points on the peripheries, first slowly, then just a split second, the game is to recognise the colour.
Distances, wavelengths and directions of sound (and smell) could be encouraged with just listening out for surprises, imagining we're all early man sitting on a hill top, listening for wild boar, mammoths and snakes. Can you hear any? (maybe motor bikes are modern wild boar .. etc.)
Instead of asking a group of children to be silent, ask them : who can hear the first dog bark or pidgeon cooing?
Inner Body Sense
And then the other area of early development which is being ignored, the other leg of the navigators triangulation of reality: the inner body sense. This is not my speciality, there must be hundreds of methods maybe more effective than mine. But maybe ask a child to draw how their body looks from the inside.
And one little idea is that : I think, (? - please check for me) every child has the fantasy of lots of little people inside, organising their bodies. I remember imagining these little people moving around and doing things with their hands. No-one ever talked about it, or encouraged it. As a child, i realised it was a nonsensical abstract fantasy, and grew out of it. But it seems a very natural way of making a connection with our bodies.
So i'd like to ask children about their little people and what they are all doing inside their bodies? And i'd like to ask things like, can these little people see, hear, smell and taste.
Can you listen inside your own body, is it very quiet there or are there any noises, for example after eating? And can you taste inside your own body, how does it taste on your lips or under your tongue, or the roof of your mouth, and can you taste down in your belly, and how does it feel? sweet, dry, salty, or like walnuts?. And can you see inside your body, how do the bones look, how does your stomach look, how does your skin look from the inside?
Empathy With Animals
How does it feel to be a hedgehog? - a hare? - a horse? - explore imagination and empathy. Yes also research the science - (children's science books are wonderful) - but do it in balance with imagination, empathy and broadbanding.