Learning comes naturally to kids.
It is said that a child learns like a sponge, in a constant state of absorbing knowledge from around them.
I have also heard learning compared to a bucket which needs to be filled up to the top during their formative years.
Perhaps the most accurate idea I’ve heard of how learning happens is when it is compared to a spark.
But that fire is amazing, contagious, and so fun to watch once it catches.
We are in the midst of this right now– the fire of robotics. I suspected that this is where it would bring us. The summer Engineering program was just an introduction to what the Advanced program offers in the form of a very active robotics team.
My boy, the one who asked for (and got) an electronics circuit set for Christmas one year, is just eating it up. Four weeks into the school year, he has already built a fully functional robot, wired and programmed it, and spent several hours demonstrating it at a local community festival. And teaching younger kids how to run it.
This is where he really shines. He loves working with kids. He LOVES teaching them how to use all of the techie things that he enjoys.
Finding that one thing is the trick. Ask yourself:
- What makes your child’s eyes light up?
- What can she talk about ALL…DAY…LONG… without growing tired of it?
- What do they love to collect? Which items do you find in quantity around the house? (horse books, Lego mini-figures, insects, rocks)
- What are they passionate about? (Dance, missions, history, reptiles, Minecraft)
These are your jumping off point. These are ground zero, as tinder to fuel a fire. What is learning?
Learning is passion, and fun and insight mixed with a whole lot of fuel for their fire.
Learning is natural.