In our home, Sophia is the prime example of why it is not necessarily a good idea to teach. Ninety nine percent of the time, she goes completely tangential to what I am trying to teach her and then she ends up learning a lot more than I would ever teach her.
I wrote sometime ago about how the girls transformed an invitation to play with animals and blocks to a multi learning experience involving Math, Business Management, Engineering, Storytelling etc. Well, here is another. I had minimal participation in this one too, in-fact this was a completely tangential learning session
So I was home for the afternoon, and the girls didnt want to take their nap. Anjali was raining on the bathroom floor and Sophia was doing what Sophia only knows. I had avocado shells and seeds and as a time filler that may relax the kids I pt them out and asked if the girls wanted to make avocado babies. They said yes, but not very enthusiastically, so I let it drop, kept the materials on hand.
Then Anjali wanted to rain on Sophia, which Sophia didnt want. So I gave her a dog.
She bathed the dog
I dug out a box. Anjali designed the bed. She measured and cut out newspaper to line it
this is how our workspace looked. Play is very serious business
fractal playeum workshop
The dog was finally ready to be tucked in. He was waiting so patiently.