Do you remember grade school? How new it all was . . . kids, classroom, teachers? You experienced an unprecedented number of firsts. It, along with your home, was the foundation for who you believe yourself to be, how you interact with others, even your hopes, and dreams.
Your early education prepares you for life, or at least it should. When you talk about early education, it’s the primary school years. These are the years when you learn fundamental skills like reading, writing, and arithmetic. You also begin learning social skills, appropriate behavior, and manners.
This is the time when you first receive grades for your learning abilities, and competition enters your awareness. You are tested and graded on your abilities. You are compared with siblings or fellow students. You begin participating in playground games or sports during recess, too.
Some thrive in a school environment and some struggle. This early education sets the stage for your relationship with learning throughout your life. If school came easily to you, it’s likely that you have no trouble as an adult, picking up a new interest and teaching yourself whatever you need to know about it. If you struggled in school, it may mean that you naturally learn in less academic ways. Thankfully, society has now realized that there are so many different learning styles. When you honor the ways that work best for you, new information is readily and easily absorbed.
If you struggled in school, it may mean that you naturally learn in less academic ways. Thankfully, society has now realized that there are so many different learning styles. When you honor the ways that work best for you, new information is readily and easily absorbed.
A Deeper Perspective
The Goddess of Now says the days of your early education prepare you for so much more than reading and writing. They teach you about being a citizen of the world in a way your family life cannot do. They teach you about your strengths and weaknesses. They offer an opportunity to discover what you are good at and knowing that, helps you to become who you are meant to be.
The Goddess says that if you look back on those first dozen years of your life, you will see the seeds of what you were to become. Though you may not have known it at the time, you were developing the gifts that make you the unique individual you are. The one that can do something others can’t. We all have that special something that makes us stand out, that makes other people stop and take notice. You may have peaked early, or you may be a late bloomer who is just getting an inkling of what your stand-out something is, now.
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Creative Exploration: Writing Prompts
Consider your relationship to early education through the Goddess lens of Openness and Generosity. See through the surface events to the truth of what that time was all about for you and what it taught you about yourself and your place in the world.
Pick from the following writing prompts, or create your own.
My primary school days . . .
My favorite subject was . . .
My school experience . . .
Write for 2 minutes or more.