"You cannot teach a person anything, you can only help him find it within himself."
-- Galileo Galilei
Since I am very new to the idea or implementation of learning-without-someone-else's-structure, I have been very curious as to what Tiger does with himself when I am not actively trying to teach him something that I deem to be "worthwhile".
Here is what I have observed:
1) He plays chess by himself in the day, and works out strategies to beat daddy at the game in the evenings.
2) He writes his own mysteries, and tries to solve them. He can do with some penmanship lessons though...
3) He draws.
4) He reads and makes models inspired by what he reads, using the materials found around the house.
Tiger tested out the Viking boat he built (above) in the bath tub to see whether it would float. It floated for 2 minutes before it sank to the bottom of the bath tub and became very soggy. Tiger was slightly upset by that but the "failure" made him question his design, the materials used, and the weight of the various items. This led him to experiment further with using different materials and designs. He next spent some time trying to float Lego rafts of different designs while figuring out why certain designs worked better than others.
Finally, he made another model that worked. This time, it even carried one of his pewter soldiers!
Would Tiger have been so relentless and engaged in finding the solution to this 'problem' if it had been assigned by me or by a curriculum? I do not know for sure but Oscar Wilde once said, "Education is a worthwhile thing, but it is well to remember that nothing worth knowing can be taught." I don't necessarily agree with Wilde's slightly extreme take on education, and I think perhaps he might be referring to things such as having a good attitude and self-determination, which are certainly things that one has to acquire for oneself. Having said that, a little parental influence would not hurt.
This post is linked up to:
1) Collage Friday
2) Favourite Resources: November 23, 2012
3) TGIF Linky Party #55