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Children should be allowed to get bored, expert says

By Hannah Richardson, BBC News education reporter, 23 March 2013
Reposted here from bbc.co.uk/news

Children should be allowed to get bored so they can develop their innate ability to be creative, an education expert says. Dr. Teresa Belton told the BBC cultural expectations that children should be constantly active could hamper the development of their imagination.
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  • Age-Appropriate Adaptations for ages 4-12 in detail.
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  • Suggested resources to support learning.

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  • Strategies for schooling on board.
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