sweet sunday

A spectacular fall day, spent with a special Nana on an errand. We are then left to the sweet afternoon rhythm, building ramps and digging in cool sand.

Today I received a reminder that nothing is so sure as the passage of time and the power of modeling.   On occasion I am jokingly chastised for talking over my child’s head, or prattling on with explanations and words.  At one point, unable to think of the shape of a building block, I deemed it “the blue cylindrical block.”  It was after some laughter that I was informed they may also be referred to as “pillars.”  MUCH easier for a toddler to say!  He now calls them blue cylindrical blocks too though.

On our walk, Austin approaches me concerned about the stability of the large-rock gravel he is riding over.  Thinking he might slide on it, he reports in his 3yo accent void of the “r” sound, “Mom, this sure is precarious having my bike in the parking lot and rocks.”

Precarious indeed.  Prattle on world.

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5 responses to “sweet sunday

  1. Yes! Mothers mold and nurture the next generation! It’s the most important job in the world. If children have tools to communicate, then there may be possibilities of sharing ideas and resolving problems, of hearing others’ concerns and reflecting another person’s thoughts. Then we will be moving in positive directions. Keep talking, Ging! The gift of language is profound — and will serve him well all his life!

  2. Precarious? Wow! At this rate of learning he’ll be teaching you new words soon.

    I was reading an article a couple months ago about how those countries with rigid and structured learning at a very early age produce students that can correctly answer tests but lack creativity. Creativity is the process of making useful patterns out of caos. Taking seemingly unrelated notions and connecting them in new an exciting ways serving a useful purpose is how we reached out, touched and even walked on the moon!

    Your example is a testimony to the importance of “play” at this age. He would never be given the opportunity to witness the risk of riding his bike on the rocks by reading a book or listening to you preach about it. Personal experience likely proved to him that the ingredients (bike and rocks) when mixed together is a high risk recipe that can quickly produce bloody knees and raspberried elbows.

    Prattle away!

  3. Another observation about ‘talking over my child’s head…’

    I once listened to an educator talk about learning in an old-fashioned one-room-schoolhouse. The mid-western prairie was dotted with them. Reading, writing, and arithmetic right on through the 8th grade was considered a ‘basic and uniform’ education for over 100 years! We moved on. But we lost something very important in the process.

    Since all the grades occupied the same space and the same teacher, they all got to listen to each lesson. For example: the older kids got to revisit and even tutor basic math they mastered (or should have mastered) years ago. And the younger kids got exposed to the mystery that is basic algebra well before they were ready. In the process, learning began years before it was formally introduced. E.g. teaching over their heads.

    A family with multiple children at various ages experience the same phenomena. The younger boys witness the experience of the older and hopefully learn. You know the saying… Experience is the best teacher but it need not be your own.

    • I strongly agree Ford that there is enormous benefit children receive when they are given freedom to learn and play with ages other than their own. In a Montessori classroom, kids are grouped into 3-year age groupings and this is certainly one of the benefits!

  4. Stick with the big words. It is good for you and them. It will broaden their vocabulary and language skills. Yes, It may take more patients but in the long run it is better. Stick witht he sign language and if possible a second language. The best advice that I can give is pray to God for direction, only he knows what each soul truely needs to be great.
    I hope you get some wonderful information from your search and build and even bigger community to safely raise your children in.
    I will be praying for you!

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