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    You and I both know that children learn much more than the subjects they are taught whilst at nursery or school. For example: we don’t teach the children to pick their noses, but some do. We don’t show the children how to dunk their biscuits, but some do. Now Dorothy Law Nolte summed up this hidden curriculum extremely well, when she wrote:

    Children learn what they live

     If a child lives with criticism, s/he learns to condemn.
    If a child lives with hostility, s/he learns to fight.
    If a child lives with ridicule, s/he learns to be shy.
    If a child lives with shame, s/he learns to feel guilty. 

    If a child lives with tolerance, s/he learns to be patient.
    If a child lives with encouragement, s/he learns confidence.
    If a child lives with praise, s/he learns to appreciate.
    If a child lives with fairness, s/he learns justice.
    If a child lives with security, s/he learns to have faith.
    If a child lives with approval, s/he learns to like himself.
    If a child lives with acceptance and friendship, s/he learns to find love in the world

    During the time I was learning to teach, one of my lecturers once remarked that “there’s not enough good teaching practice in this world” and even though he had grave misgivings about teachers and their ways he remained optimistic.

    I asked him why this was the case? Was he not worried about our “lost Children”?

    He said quietly: “children learn remarkably well despite how they are taught”.

    What’s my point? The message is quite simple, we have to look at all we do (parents and staff) to ensure that we do not give out the wrong messages via the hidden curriculum and we must learn best practice for the subjects we teach.

    Since working in the nursery another line easily springs to mind, a line that would sit well with Dorothy L Nolte’s Text:

    If a child lives with disinterest, s/he will lack interest.

    We all, parents and staff, need to show considerable interest in what our children are doing, in this way they will know that we value their efforts and will work even harder to please us in the future.

    Kevin Cookson (Director)