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  •  children become acutely aware of what they need (1+ / 0-)
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    to learn. they can see what the adults around them are doing and they find out what it takes to do that.

    I never had to lead my daughter to cooking, for instance. She came to me one day and said she wanted to cook. She looked on the internet for recipes and made her own cookbook and then asked me questions and set to it, with me at the ready to help, if needed. She was 9. For a while there, she was getting up every morning and cooking me eggs for breakfast. Then, in the evening she was baking corn bread.

    After she seemed to have it down, she moved on to other activities. But, she knows enough cooking to feed herself when she needs to.

    She's amazing that way. We had an electrician here when she was in first grade. She asked a lot of questions. One day she asked, "if the electrical line in the ceiling breaks, can I put a magnet up there to keep the electricity going until it can get fixed?" She went online to learn how to build a circuit with a breaker. For her science fair project she built the circuit, battery to light bulb, with a breaker exactly the length of a powerful magnet she had. She would open the breaker and put the magnet in to see if the light bulb would light. It didn't work, but she learned a lot. She was 7.

    She just seems to know what she's ready to learn when. And she knows when she's done with a subject for the time being. Then, she knows when she's ready to go back to it and make the next learning leaps.

    And she does all of this without any goals. If you ask her what she wants to be when she grows up she says she has no idea. She doesn't understand why the question even exists. So, there is no external motivation for her learning. She just does it because she's internally compelled to do so.

    Please remember to Witness Revolution. It means so much to them that we pay attention.

    by UnaSpenser on Sun Nov 06, 2011 at 09:14:46 PM PST

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    •  also, letting them lead the way doesn't mean (1+ / 0-)
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      abandoning them. The role of the adults is to be a keen observer of what they're interested in and to provide the materials and opportunities at the right time. It's a lot harder than having a pre-set curriculum. Still, you get the most vibrant learning that way. And you find out about a learner's gifts that might never be revealed in an externally determined curriculum.

      Please remember to Witness Revolution. It means so much to them that we pay attention.

      by UnaSpenser on Sun Nov 06, 2011 at 09:17:58 PM PST

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