A child’s most important teacher is not Miss This or Mr. That. Good teachers at school are crucial but they never take our place as a child’s first and most important teacher.
That’s why almost every post I write works from the home angle, too. A worm farm built at home, for example, can be even more powerful when friends and family get into the action. I thought about this today when a monarch butterfly practically plowed into me.
When my kids were little, I learned how magical it was to watch monarch caterpillars turn into butterflies. On weekends in late summer, we collected them like crazy and searched for the best milkweed patches, took books out of the library, observed and talked butterflies nonstop, and drew pictures. It was fascinating and powerful, this science at home. After a friend asked me why 23 big jars of milkweed were lined up on my dining room table, I showed her a chrysalis. Her life was never the same.
Yours won’t be either.
So if you have difficulty finding the right at-home translation for any of my ideas, post a question and I’ll do my best to help.
Alternatively, parents, grandparents, friends or loved ones of a child may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I welcome questions about about your child’s education and finding out more about how you can help